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A guiding light in the darkness

This past weekend the Ennis Relay for Life held it’s annual event at the Texas Motorplex and what a night it was!
The evening started off with a survivor’s lap, which saw a large group of people wearing purple t-shirts and carrying purple balloons holding their heads up high and making their way around the track defiant in the face of cancer and courageous in their struggles to do so.
It was a moment of hope for anyone battling the disease to see so many people who have been in their position and are now on the other side of the illness.
However, when all the survivors let their balloons go and the crowd watched them float up to the sky and out of sight, it was one of the most breathtaking moments of the night for me. It was like watching the cares and worry of this group of people float away with the balloons.
The relay itself was a huge undertaking and Amy Martinez, Weldon Caldwell and their recruits should be very proud of all their efforts.
Between themed laps, the Mr. Relay contest, Relay Jail, (I confess I may have had many of my co-workers arrested) and the karaoke contest, it was a fun-filled night. The entertainment committee team of Chad and Elizabeth Wester did an outstanding job of making the night seem like it breezed by with the many contests and opportunities to laugh at ourselves as we all tried to raise money for such a great cause.
By far, the most poignant and somber moment of the evening was the luminaria service, which saw the lights turned off around the track and hundreds of white bags with the names of those that have passed away as a result of cancer or those that have either fought it in the past or are currently fighting it. To see those bags lit up in the darkness while strains of “Amazing Grace” echoed from the speakers was an awe-inspiring moment.
This was my first relay as a member of a team, instead of attending for my job and it was amazing.
At some point however, I realized that when midnight rolled around, Saturday would mark the 28th anniversary of my grandmother’s death to cancer and it made me a little sad that all these years later, we are still without a cure. The slogan “everyone deserves a lifetime” becomes so meaningful when I think of being a small child and losing her without ever having the benefit of her many years of wisdom and guidance.
It made me feel better knowing that there were people around the world, just like those gathered at the Motorplex, that would continue to raise funds for research and fight so that one day, no one else would have to be afraid to battle cancer and families the world over would never lose another loved one.
While the total fund-raising goal of the relay has not been met just yet, donations will still be accepted until Aug. 31. The total so far is more than $150,000, so hitting the next $30 – $35,000 is not that drastic a leap. Especially given the amount of support and participation of the community.
It is only because of the generous and kind hearts that contribute that this event has been able to grow and meet all of the goals set by the committee. It is not out of the question to think that an additional $30,000 can be collected by the end of the summer and I sincerely hope that it is.
The Ennis Relay for Life stands as a watermark to other communities, something to reach or a level to beat for some and I am very proud to know that our community and the people in it are the driving force behind such a feat.
Our relay is successful because ordinary people do extraordinary things,
I’ve come to expect nothing less from this community.
To donate to the final relay total, visit www.relayforlife.org/ennistx.
Candie Beck-Adams is the community editor at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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