The Relay For Life will be returning to the community of Culver City On May 14 for the 12th year! Over 300 supporters will raise funds in 2011 for the American Cancer Society and take to the Culver City High School track in honor of loved ones, friends and co-workers touched by this disease. Offering support for survivors, friends and family, the Relay is a unique 24 -hour celebration of cancer survivorship and a tribute to those who have lost their battle. The event attracts employee groups and their families strongly committed to the community and the fight against cancer, the nation’s number one health concern.
A typical volunteer at this event (although they are each unique) is Mary Bank-Levine. “I volunteer for the Culver City and Baldwin Hills American Cancer Society Relay for Life each year. I get enjoyment out of helping a worthy cause. I also enjoy helping people.”
For many of the volunteers cancer is not an abstract idea. Mary shared, “Since I am a survivor, Thank God, I try to give encouragement to other cancer survivors, as it has been given to me. I think that even though a diagnosis like cancer can be overwhelming, with help from above and all around you can get through it.”
As the event organizers gear up for the weekend and get everything ready, taking time to be present and enjoy the moment is part of the healing. Mary offered “I try not to take anything for granted. I enjoy being alive. I enjoy the simple things, like blue skies and cloudy, rainy days, like taking a walk or gardening. I enjoy the beauty that I see all around me. I enjoy my children, family and friends. I enjoy my life. And those are only some of the true blessings I have received.”
The Relay has set an ambitious goal of raising $70,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. You are the one who can help them reach it. For more info, contact the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, or get in touch with one of your local volunteers.