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Why Do I Relay?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cherokee Relay for Life team captains were recently asked why they participate in the Relay for Life that will take place Friday, August 3, 2012 at Koser Spring Lake Park.

Abbi Agnitsch, Tammy Hare, and Valerie Patterson are team captains for Team Lifesavers.


"When you ask me why I Relay only one thing jumps into my mind, Jim Weins. He was a friend of mine who passed away from cancer. When I first met this man, he was so full of life, so spunky...he loved food and cooking. We would share recipes; if he tried something new he would come in and tell us about it. He was a handy man, who I am sure most of the community knew and respected. We saw this man go through chemo, deal with the sickness and pain, and pass up several "death dates" as I called them. He told his doctors, "we are gonna kick this thing let's give it 110%!" He showed me what a fighter was."


"Since Jim, I hear about cancer all the time but he opened my eyes. After truly getting involved with the Relay for Life, I have had the opportunity to know what the American Cancer Society really can do, not only for the patients but also for the families. A story that sticks with me is about a little boy who would call everyday and talk to the call center. His mom had cancer. They helped him and talked to him, it was what he needed. So it's not just about the cancer research or the housing they can provide or the great facilities they have. It's something as small as talking to a child to help calm his fears that makes the Relay for Life important to me."


"Three years ago I was listening to a program on KCHE about the Relay for Life. I had walked in a Relay, but I was excited to learn we could form our own team. After talking to some of my friends, Abbi, Val and I created Team Lifesavers. The work we do by raising money makes me feel we are making a difference. Cancer has affected everyone who has lost loved ones or has supported survivors. Fighting to help find a cure is special to me. I love the Relay for Life."

If you would like to get involved, you make contact Myla Stoneking at 225-6018 or Veldene Lindell at 225-3766.

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