It’s the right thing to do

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Earlier this month, Relay for Life was held at the Belen High School baseball fields. And later this month, Relay for Life will again be held at the Los Lunas High School baseball fields.
These annual events bring communities together to raise money for the American Cancer Society, raise awareness of the disease and to honor survivors and victims. People walk for 16 to 18 hours straight around the Ring of Hope trying to raise money for cancer research.
Participants stay up all night advocating for their friends, their families and for themselves. They’re on a mission — a mission for life.
But the event is so much more. Relay for Life is also a time when we, as a community, can come together and share our experiences, our memories and our hope.
Mark Gwinn, the coordinator for the Belen event, said, “You can see it in their eyes — the fight — you can see it in their eyes that they’re trying to give back, but with so much love and faith. It’s unbelievable to watch these people.”
This is our community. The people who care, the people who have sacrificed and the people who have fought, with all their might, to survive a deadly disease.
And then there are those who have succumbed to the disease. They are our fathers, our mothers, our brothers and sisters. They are our children, our friends and our spouses.
They are the people who we will always remember — their smiles, their laughter and their hard-fought battle.
Relay for Life is an event everyone should participate in. It’s an event that brings a community together to relay for life.
Everyone has their own reason for relaying, Gwinn said. But one of the best reasons is because it’s the right thing to do for our families and friends and for the community.
The Los Lunas Relay For Life is set for Friday and Saturday, June 29-30 at the Los Lunas High School baseball fields. We encourage everyone who has been affected by cancer to participate, whether you’ve had cancer or have known someone who has or had cancer.
It’s the right thing to do.