Relay for Life part of fight in battle to cure cancer

The Alpena County Relay for Life begins this morning in a new location. The event has been at the Alpena County Fairgrounds the last several years, but will take place on the Heritage Trail on Fletcher Street this year. It begins at 10 a.m. this morning and finishes at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Relay, which takes place in communities around the country at various times during the year, helps the American Cancer Society in its battle to help find a cure for cancer. It all began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash. Dr. Klatt died 13 days ago at the age of 71.

The event has grown locally, and it is one people look forward to taking part in every year.

“This is very serious, but we also want people to have a good time and to celebrate,” Lisa West, one of the chairs for the event, said in a News story earlier this week. “There will be a lot going on. People can come and stay up for 24 hours straight and walk, or drop by and walk a lap. The more people that take part the better it is going to be.”

We encourage everyone to stop by during the 24 hours and offer their support in whatever way they can. The battle against cancer needs everyone’s support.

“At the end of the day this is about research and finding a cure,” West told The News. “Leaps and bounds have been made and those strides help people everywhere with cancer.”

Cancer knows no boundaries, and doesn’t discriminate. It can strike anyone at any time.

Knowing there are so many caring people in our community – and around the country – proves to us that a cure will be found someday. We hope it can come sooner rather than later, but until that time we are glad to have people who care enough to pitch and do what they can in the battle against cancer.