Fight Back Ceremony in the works
Nick Todaro, n...@ennisdailynews.com
Relay For Life is only weeks away in Ennis, and organizers are pushing to complete their work on all facets of the annual event.
The next deadline is days away: Taking part in the annual Fight Back Ceremony this year will mean getting entries in to the committee by April 30.
The poignant, mid-Relay ceremony will have a new approach this year: A video displaying photos of members of the community showing their plans to fight back against cancer.
“Anybody who has been affected by cancer or who has had cancer themselves, anyone who has been touched by cancer at all can participate,” said Amy Martinez, committee member in charge of the ceremony. “We’ll have people write on a white dry-erase board how they fight back.”
She gave examples: A person who is a caregiver to someone with cancer taking them to treatments, a family member picking up prescriptions to save a patient a trip, or a person who spreads information about prevention and fundraising.
The possibilities are endless.
“One of the team captains who has had it affect her family greatly told me she didn’t know what she’d put on the dry-erase board,” Martinez said. “I told her ‘of all people, you should know what to say.’ She looked at me and said ‘I fight back so that no one else loses their child’.”
That, Martinez said, is one message among the numerous ways people in the community can share their support.
“A lot of people don’t realize how significant things done day to day can be,” Martinez said. “It doesn’t have to be a monetary or time-consuming thing. It can be as simple as encouraging someone to go for a yearly exam, a mammogram, obtain a wig, get to and from treatments, or anything else.”
To be a part of the ceremony video, call Amy Martinez at 972-816-9632 or Elizabeth Wester at 972-935-7005 to schedule a time for a photo.