Mustang bands together for annual relay

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By Traci Chapman

Cancer – it’s a disease that has touched almost everyone in some way.

For anyone who’s loved and lost someone to the disease, for those who have battled cancer and prevailed to fight another day, hope is something that can sometimes be in short supply. But hope can be found in plentiful supply on Friday, as hundreds of Mustang residents join together for a common cause – to stamp out this disease forever.

It’s the Relay for Life and it’s set for Friday evening. Running from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., the annual event is a national effort designed to raise funds for cancer research and education. According to the American Cancer Society’s relay website, the event is “the world’s biggest fight to end cancer.”

The relay is also a chance to celebrate and remember. There are the survivors, those who have beaten the odds and beaten cancer, and those are the people who will gather with Jessica Adams and her fellow students at a survivor dinner held at Horizon Intermediate Center Friday evening. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Adams said she hoped all survivors would gather to celebrate their gift of continued life, some of them in face of overwhelming adversity.

There are those, of course, who did not make it, and everyone is touched by someone they have lost – a family member, close friend, acquaintance. They are part of the event too, in spirit. As Adams says, “I wish my dad could be here to walk with me.”

According to Mustang’s Relay for Life web page, more than 47 teams, comprising of 368 participants, have so far raised more than $29,689 for cancer research. Those figures are not complete, organizers say, and only part of the picture.

Relay for Life will be held at Mustang High School football field, and members of the public are invited – and encouraged – to attend the event.