If you have driven around town lately, you no doubt have noticed that trees along some of the busier streets have a new decor — big, beautiful purple ribbons.
People donating time, talent and probably treasure, too, have spent many hours putting these ribbons up to remind us of the Relay For Life May 5 and 6.
The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and every year, Madera’s Relay for Life Committee and the hundreds of people who support them seem to outdo themselves. Every year, more money is raised, and every year cures for the many cancers that prey on us come closer. Thank goodness for that.
Cancer has touched the lives of most of our families and friends.
My father-in-law had cancer twice, and he was cured both times. I had it once, and was cured, and every day I wake up, I keep my fingers crossed and thank God for another day. I also go for follow-up tests every three months. My mother-in-law, whom I never met, died of cancer. One of Mrs. Doud’s cousins died of cancer. One of my cousins died of cancer. One of our daughters had cancer and was cured. One of my best friends battled cancer for more than a year before he was cured. Another good friend is battling it now.
Cancer isn’t a single disease. It is many diseases which are close enough in how they act that they fit under the cancer umbrella. They are alike in that they develop abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably, and destroy normal body tissue.
Much of what we know about cancer today, and much we have in the way of treatments are the results of research paid for by the American Cancer Society.
Let those purple ribbons speak to you as you go around town. Contribute to the Relay For Life. Help beat these diseases into submission.