Locals "Relay" To Raise Money For Cancer Research

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

Hundreds of people will be spending the next two days at a local high school track, with the hope that a weekend of walking will raise money and awareness for cancer research.

The "Relay for Life" involves cancer survivors and hundreds of other people who have been otherwise affected by the disease.

The two-day event is an emotional roller-coaster, with some celebrating those who've beaten cancer, while others mourn those who've passed on.

"It's tears of joy for those who've made it," says Karyn Jensen. "And tears of sadness for those who didn't."

Jensen couldn't contain her emotions when dozens of cancer survivors took an honorary lap around Bishop Manogue High School.

Last month, cancer claimed the life of her father, the fourth member of her family to die from the disease. And even though she's mourning, she's committed to walking; hoping, one day, there will be a cure.

"We're all out here trying to fix it and find a cure," says Jensen. "We gotta find a cure. There's probably not one person that's not affected by this disease."

Jensen is walking with 50 other members of a team named after her mother-in-law, Deanna, who lost a battle with cancer in 2005.

"Three years ago, three weeks before the event, she started a team and we picked up the ball for her because she was too sick to make it happen," says Jensen. "And we've just done it every year in her honor."

The team is one of many that will have at least one member walking on the track at all times throughout the entire weekend. Jensen says it takes an aggressive effort to fight an aggressive disease.

"You just never give up. We can do it. We just keep having to do events like this. Even $10 matters. We just have to keep going and fighting and it will happen. It will happen."

Jensen and the rest of her team are hoping to raise ten thousand dollars, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

The two-day event wraps up Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.


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