It’s not Friday yet, but you can get started early planning your weekend.
Is there anyone out there whose life has not been touched in some way by cancer? My guess is you’re in the minority.
This year in the United States nearly 1.5 million people will be be diagnosed with the disease.
My father died of lung cancer. My mother-in-law died of breast cancer. My sister is a breast cancer survivor.
The five-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1996 and 2002 is 66 percent, up from a 51 percent survival rate from 1975-77, according to the American Cancer Society. Progress in diagnosis that allows earlier detection and improved treatments are contributing factors.
Money raised at American Cancer Society Relay for Life events helps fund cancer research, and this year South Kitsap Relay for Life organizers are hoping to raise $225,000 for the cause. The Relay starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a survivors’ walk. Participants, who have collected pledges, will walk throughout the night and most of Saturday.
The public is welcome to stop by and offer support by walking along for a spell, buying food from the vendors or taking part in on site fundraisers.
I’ll be out of town this weekend, but I can say from past experience that the Relay is a hoot. Good luck and thanks to all who will take part.
Here’s the official story. There’s a list of other Relay events in Kitsap, North Mason and Gig Harbor at the bottom.