Relay for Life puts spotlight on heroes

For the past nine months, teams of people throughout Mifflin and Juniata counties prepared themselves for one of the area’s largest and most successful fundraisers: Relay For Life. It is an event to celebrate. An event to remember. And an event to fight back.

Today, those teams of people will gather at Kish Park, and, as part of the event, they will honor those in attendance who are cancer survivors – and rightly so.

This week, The Sentinel ran a special series entitled “Survivor Spotlight.” We offer our thanks to the people who shared their stories of courage and determination with the community.

Survivors are the real superheroes. Each and every one of them has been given a life-changing diagnosis and made the decision to fight, for themselves, for their families and for the future. Each of them has a story to tell, and many of them use those stories to educate others.

Along with their caregivers, they advocate awareness, prevention and early detection. They volunteer their time to mentor the newly diagnosed, lending an ear and making sure no one has to feel alone during a difficult time in life. They are living, breathing reasons for why the American Cancer Society dedicates itself to raising funds for patient service programs and finding a cure.

At Relay, these superheroes come together for a Survivor Lap and, in a mass of purple T-shirts, make their way around the park as one.

They are to be applauded, honored for their bravery and reminded of what they represent.

They are hope.