Walk to honor cancer survivors


To the Editor:

Has the inspirational story of a complete stranger ever moved you to tears? You may have heard of Lauren Hill, No. 22. Several months after making it onto the Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team, she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Her wish was to play in a college game. Her coach got approval to move the start of the season up a few weeks, and the game was played in front of 2,500 fans. Lauren scored the first and the last lay-ups of the game. She said it was the best day of her life, and it was a day that will never be forgotten by anyone who was there. Lauren raised over $1.5 million dollars to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancers. She knew that a cure would not be discovered in time to save her life, but she was grateful that she could be a voice for all the other kids who will be diagnosed.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay Walk for Life of Martha’s Vineyard is this Saturday and Sunday at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Although this is a fundraising event, it is open to everyone. There is no requirement to walk, run, fundraise, or spend the night. The event starts at 11 am Saturday, and closing ceremonies are at 9 am on Sunday. The survivor’s walk is at 3 pm, and the luminaria walk is at 9 pm. Our theme this year is “Gaming on a Cure,” so there will be lots of games and entertainment for the whole family. The relay is an opportunity for Islanders to come together to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease. For more information please visit our webpage, relayforlife.org/marthasvineyardma, or call me at 508-560-0457.

I hope to see you on the track this Saturday, May 30th.

Tammy King

2015 Relay Committee chairman