Grayling’s 2018 Relay for Life to be held on Saturday
Carlie Wilson | Staff Writer
Orison Swett Marden once wrote: “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
Relay for Life 2018 is an event that sheds light on cancer, a disease that “doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t look at race, gender, or sexuality,” said Chad Patterson, a spokesman for Grayling’s Relay for Life.
For years, Grayling’s Relay for Life was held at the high school, but it has recently been switched to the Grayling City Park. This year’s Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Relay for Life is an event that celebrates the lives of those touched by cancer, and works to prevent the tragedy from reaching others. Proceeds from Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society.
Patterson, of Grayling, has first hand experience with lives touched by cancer, and has even experienced great loss himself.
“Cancer has been a scourge in my own personal life in the past. Five years ago my mother had inoperable lung cancer, stage four by the time they found it. She died a year later, never smoked a day in her life. I was involved in Relay before that point, but that event solidified my involvement. Relay does so much for the families affected by cancer, such as cosmetic procedures like new eyebrows, replacing hair, everything. The ultimate goal of course is to find a cure, but the American Cancer Society goes beyond that,” said Patterson.
Finding a cure is a group effort, and the event holds a message of unity and strength.
“Relay for life is not a sad event; it’s a celebration of life. We celebrate the survivors, the caretakers, the families, the friends. It’s not just the people who were taken, but the people who have fought and continue to fight this disease. We celebrate all – past, present, and future,” said Patterson.
“Our theme this year is Christmas in July, so for all of the people who love to celebrate Christmas year round, come to Relay for Life on (Saturday). It’s a great way to celebrate the life of someone who was lost, and those who have continued to fight,” said Patterson.
Orison Swett Marden was an inspirational American author who founded SUCCESS magazine in the late 1800s.