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Best group of volunteers

By Suz Clark
Posted Monday, February 11, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - I am part of the best group of volunteers. We’ve been going strong here in Pittsboro and surrounding communities since 2002 in the fight against cancer. We volunteer for the American Cancer Society and particularly for the year-round fundraising efforts through the Pittsboro Relay for Life. We all bring our own story to the group but it’s a united front against the
disease that has affected all of us in one way or another (some in many ways).

We celebrate those who are surviving cancer (some with many years of survivorship and some recently diagnosed). There’s nothing more heartwarming than to see them walking around the Northwood track as a group together on a warm May night each year. It’s a special group of people and one those of us who have never personally battled cancer hope to never be a part of.

We remember those we have lost to cancer. Many of our volunteers come out and help in memory of a loved one, friend, co-worker who has lost their battle.

We fight back because we don’t know what else to do. We encourage our friends to get yearly mammograms, to quit smoking, to exercise more. We get together on a Friday night in May each year and we walk around that track for minutes or hours ourselves to show support for those we love and those we’ve lost and for those we don’t even know who have either been diagnosed or may be diagnosed this year. We do this as a community because cancer doesn’t care who you work for or your race or your political affiliation.

There are so many ways to become involved and to fight back. We always have room on the planning committee for more volunteers to help organize the event. The heart of our fundraising efforts are our teams. Teams are made up of 1-25 individuals who come together to walk the track, to hold fundraisers, and to collect money individually for the American Cancer Society.

Many of these teams hold fundraisers year round to keep the fight going strong. Our sponsors donate money, goods, or services to help with the event. And if none of these volunteer opportunities work for you, we encourage you to at least attend the Relay for Life on May 16th and 17th and experience our community joining together for something good!!

Celebrate. Remember. fight back.

FMI: Carol Esau, Event Co-Chair

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