A challenge to fight for a cure

March 22nd, 2007

As many people know, John Carroll University will host its first Relay For Life ever on April 21 and April 22.

This event exists to raise money to help find a cure for a deadly disease –– cancer. Thanks to the tireless efforts of seniors Joel Mullner and Pat Kelly, the JCU community will finally get its first chance to make a difference.

Everyone agrees that the Relay For Life is for a great cause, but actually getting people to participate is not as easy as you may think.

Today, I want to tell you why I am participating in an event that I would have had no interest in doing three years ago and why you should participate as well.

A couple of years ago when I heard that someone had cancer or saw on TV that somebody died of cancer I would say, “That’s a shame, I feel bad,” and that would be the end of it.

It’s not that I didn’t care. I did, but after you think about it for a minute, life goes on.
Well, that all changed three years ago when my dad was diagnosed with cancer.

Suddenly every time I heard the word cancer a chill went up my spine.

Anytime I saw or heard of anyone having cancer, I couldn’t help but think about how their life and the lives of their loved ones will never be the same. My dad lost his battle with cancer in the summer of 2005.

So when I heard that JCU would be hosting a Relay For Life I couldn’t wait to join a team and help find a cure for cancer.

I can’t think of a better way to honor my dad and everyone else who has died because of this disease.

Also I want to be part of a celebration of people who have survived cancer and see the glory on their faces.

With a month still to go until the Relay there is plenty of time for everyone to either clear some space on your calendar or make a financial contribution.

I want to end this commentary with a challenge to you.

I challenge everyone to give 30 minutes of their time at the Relay For Life.

Do it for that person you knew who had cancer and survived, or for that person who wasn’t as lucky. If everyone can give a little bit of their time and talents, JCU will truly shine in this fight to end cancer.

If you don’t know anyone who has had cancer, I hope you never do.

But in the meantime help find a cure so you never will have to know someone with cancer.