A Cancer Survivor addresses the participants, volunteers and guests during the 2009 Baldwinsville Relay for Life fund raiser for the American Cancer Society as the word HOPE is illuminated in the bleachers of the Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium on the campus of the C. W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York. Luminaries line the inside of the track. Each dedicated to friends, family and loved ones who have lost, are still fighting or have survived their battle with cancer.
Ten months ago I lost my sister, Linda Drew, to brain cancer only two months after I took this photo. Earlier in 2009, my nephew died of stomach cancer and, just last month, my Father-In-Law passed away from complications of bladder and liver cancer. To say its been a tough year on my family is not saying enough.
We can not bring our loved ones back but we can try and help those who are suffering now and into the future. In a few days, my family and I will be participating in the 2010 Relay for Life on June 18. We named our team, Drew’s Crew, for my sister, her husband (who died of leukemia) and her son (my nephew). It is our hope, in some small way, our contributions will help in developing new treatments against cancer which may lead to a cure. We are close to our goal. If you would like to help, click the link below.
Thank you for your past and future support!