We celebrate, remember, fight

March 04, 2008 12:00 am

To the editor:

Fifty years ago, at the age of 8, my oldest brother was diagnosed with leukemia and within a matter of weeks he was gone. There was no hope, there was no treatment, there was no cure.

Today, after years of research, there is hope, and while the treatment is grueling and sometimes agonizing, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now, more times than not, a child diagnosed with leukemia survives, thanks to the work of dedicated researchers funded in large measure by the American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society's premier fund raiser, Relay for Life, is under way in Baker City! Fifteen new teams were formed at Kick-Off last Tuesday evening. We look forward to a successful event, which is set for August 1-2 at the Baker High School track.

It's about a community that takes up the fight! I would like to thank Community Connection for offering the use of their facility for our kick-off and team captain meetings (team captain meetings begin in April), Tom Fisk at Baker City and Rod Rogers at OTEC for their help with hanging the banner on Main Street, Dave Davis of Davis Computers for his technical expertise, and the people and merchants of Baker City for their generous support. Let's work hard to raise some money for the work done by the American Cancer Society to brighten that light at the end of the tunnel, giving us all hope and, sooner rather than later, finding a cure.

For more information about joining an existing team or forming a new team call Jerri Wickert at 523-3447 or Jodi Tool at 523-2713. For more information about corporate sponsorship call Ronaele Mello at 523-4509 or Deb Bainter at 523-5855.

For more information about Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlife.org, click on Find Relay Events and type in Baker City; or call Gloria Schott at 523-7125, Kelly Hardy at 523-2484, or June Bennett at 523-6119. Join us at Relay to celebrate, remember and fight back!

Kelly Hardy

Baker City

Relay for Life Co-Chair