I attended the March committee/team meeting for the Rappahannock Relay for Life Cancer Walk, and was very surprised at the lack of people attending.
I began my participation back in the day when Rappahannock held its Relay for Life with Fauquier and Culpeper counties at the Airlie facility. Our walk became so strong we were able to break away and hold our own event here in our county, and have done so for many years. During those years I have participated in several ways, as team member, team captain and committee member.
I will admit I have not attended or been involved for three years, as I started a new job which included a long commute and much of my personal time. A harsh reminder was realized by me this year, as two of my uncles and one of my aunts have been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer does not care that I have a long commute to work.
This moved me to get back in the fight through our Walk, only to find the lack of interest very sad. I do not have to tell anyone how devastating cancer is, and how important it is to continue to fight the war against it.
The next Relay for Life meeting is 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 at the Washington Baptist Church. Please consider becoming a member of this important yearly event. Or maybe, we should consider taking several steps backward, and combine our Relay for Life with another county again.
(Contact Tabetha Swain with questions at 540-305-7363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)