Editor’s Note: As a lead-up to this weekend’s Chenango County Relay for Life (July 15-16 at the Chenango County Fairgrounds), we’ve asked several participants to share their personal stories with Evening Sun readers. This is Why I Relay ...
I support Relay For Life for two reasons … I lost my mother a year-and-a half ago to cancer. I miss her horribly. The second reason is my big sister. She is an amazing woman. She has fought cancer twice and won both times. She does a lot to support relay as well. I am so proud of her and all she does. She is truly one of the heroes of fighting this ugly disease and winning. She is a fighter in every way. I know she can face down whatever comes her way. Way to go Kari! Keep up the fight.
There are many reasons why I Relay … One, my wife Kari has had cancer two times. The first was before her 20th birthday. Three months into her chemo she found out was going to be a mom. But as fate would have it the baby was lost. She fought on and beat it the first time around but was never able to have another child. Then a few years later, her grandmother found out she had the same kind of cancer at the age of 65. Kari helped her grandmother all she could. When Kari’s stepfather was hit with cancer, she stayed with him and her mom. He was only given two weeks from the day he was told the news. They stayed with him and as told, two weeks to the day, he passed on.