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Relay for Life a big step in cancer fight

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I am representing the Auburn Relay for Life. I started walking in 2004, when our granddaughter was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer). She was on an experimental drug program, which was supported by the American Cancer Society, and it gave her four extra years. She lost her battle Dec. 28, 2009. In 2007, our son and Alyssa’s uncle, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He had a bone marrow transplant and was recovering slowly. On March 25, 2009, he lost his fight with leukemia at the age of 45. I feel so strongly about the Relay for Life and decided to start a team to honor those that we have lost or are fighting for their lives. In 2006 I was able to start a team with the physical and emotional help of many friends and family. I am sure you must know many friends and some family members who are fighting this horrible cancer. I know I do. Walking in “Honor Or Memory” of those who have lost, or ones still fighting for their life, can help soften the hurt that never goes away. If you cannot start a team but still want to help, we would be honored to have you come and see what we are trying to achieve by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Our children attended Colfax High School; so many of you may have known our son, Garret L. Wallace. If you would like to walk in memory of Garret or anyone else, we would be honored to have you join us at the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. or at 9 p.m. at the Luminaria Ceremony. This is a free family function, with many things for all to do. Our team, “Walking Angels,” welcome all of you to come and see what it’s all about. There is no finish line until we find a cure! Every lit luminary represents someone who has lost to cancer or is fighting cancer. JULIA A. WALLACE, Auburn, team captain of “Walking Angels”