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Relay for Life – because we care

By Staff | Jun 1, 2017

Would you believe it’s time for another Relay for Life tomorrow evening?

That’s right. This has turned out to be one of the most positive events held each year here in Emmet County. And for a small county in population, Emmet packs a major punch in fundraising and turnout.

We expect Friday evening’s event will be no different.

The Relay covers three things:

Celebrating life for those who have or are fighting a daily battle with cancer.

Remembering those who lost the battle against this dread disease.

Fighting back: A time for the community to join together to help raise funds to eliminate cancer.

The Relay for Life represents hope! All cancer survivors here in Emmet County and beyond are encouraged to turn out for tonight’s Relay, which will be held at Library Square as usual.

It’s an inspiring sight to see all the survivors who come out and walk in the honorary lap, which shows much of the progress being made in the fight against cancer.

The event is family-oriented. There will be games, raffles, live entertainment, and food vendors among the feature attractions.

At the Relay for Life, old friendships are renewed and new ones are made as everyone celebrates our most precious gift – life.

At dusk a luminaria ceremony will be held in honor of survivors or in memory of loved ones lost to this disease. Candles will be placed in luminaria bags and when lit, the night is brightened with?”Lights of Hope.”

Now don’t get us wrong. We realize that cancer is still a terrible disease. Many people get it, and many people die.

But the survival rate seems to be getting better. Many more people are recovering from cancer.

During 2017, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and 595,690 people will die from the disease.

According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a number of vaccines are being studied that would cause the body’s own immune system to fight cancer after it has developed. One potential vaccine has tripled the survival rate of men in clinical trials who have advanced prostate cancer.

The number of new cases of cancer (cancer incidence) is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2008-2012 cases).

The number of cancer deaths (cancer mortality) is 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2008-2012 deaths).

Cancer mortality is higher among men than women (207.9 per 100,000 men and 145.4 per 100,000 women). It is highest in African-American men (261.5 per 100,000) and lowest in Asian/Pacific Islander women (91.2 per 100,000). (Based on 2008-2012 deaths.)

The number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis reached nearly 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected to rise to almost 19 million by 2024.

Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

These statistics may seem grim. But there are encouraging figures among them.

You will see those encouraging figures in the faces of those walking the survivors walk tonight.

Emmet County has many survivors, and many who live on in our hearts.

Cancer cannot take away strength or hope or commitment or love. We believe it can be conquered.