'Relay' is looking for teams

Posted 11/20/17

To The Editor: I’d like to thank those at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts to raise money by participating in the “No-Shave November” challenge. (Cleveland Daily …

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'Relay' is looking for teams

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To The Editor:


 I’d like to thank those at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts to raise money by participating in the “No-Shave November” challenge. (Cleveland Daily Banner article, Nov. 5, 2017).  The BCSO has been a great supporter in the cause of battling cancer, and has been a stalwart at the annual Bradley County Relay for Life event.



As the event lead for the Bradley County Relay, I have been exposed to a great deal of information about this terrible scourge.  After reading the article, which stated that cancer causes 22,000 deaths worldwide, I was surprised by how low the number was. 


Researching that statistic opened my eyes and for a few moments, I was speechless.  The 22,000 lives lost to cancer worldwide is a daily number!  Let that sink in for a minute:  22,000 souls every day!


In the United States alone, the death toll from cancer is roughly 600,000 people a year, according to the National Cancer Institute.  That is over 1,600 a day which means that another life is lost in this country every 52 seconds!  In the time it has likely taken you to read this letter so far, another U.S. life was lost.


If cancer has touched your life in any way and you want to help, we are looking for more teams for this year’s Relay, which will be the 25th annual event in Bradley County. 


The Relay will be held Saturday, May 19, but our teams are raising money right now.  To join the fight you may go to the Bradley County website:  www.RelayForLife.org/BradleyTN, or send an email to Chrissy Seals, the American Cancer Society’s community development manager for Bradley County at chrissy.seals@cancer.org.


Now is the time to form your team, so that you are prepared for this year’s event!


 — Brendan Foley

Bradley County Relay for Life Event Lead

Cleveland

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