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Support our local Relay For Life

Kacy Hibdon, kacy@ennisdailynews.com

Life can get really hectic and at times overrun with too many events on the schedule or too many items on the to-do list.

Kacy Hibdon

With the overextending habits in our nature it would be easy to turn down opportunities to help others with the “I’m too busy” excuse but there is a driving force of do-good spirit surging through Ennis of late and the common denominator is Relay For Life.

The folks involved on the committees as well as the teams participating are gearing up for the big event April 29 at the Texas Motorplex with all the enthusiasm of a pep squad. These people are excited to be involved and working to help others and it shows.

I stopped by Advanced Drainage Systems at the end of last week to take photos but also to sample the fare. The ADS Relay For Life team was working hard preparing fried catfish and all the fixings as a way to raise money for their part of the cause. The food was great but the best part about the experience was how enthusiastic and happy those guys were to be helping. I arrived about mid-way through their run and they were already close to selling out.

They’re not alone in their attempts to fund raise either. Several of the teams already involved have found creative ways to earn money for their teams with various raffles, bake sales and lunches. These are people with full-time jobs, families and plenty of other responsibilities who have taken it upon themselves to earn money toward cancer research and they’re all inspiring.

It’s one thing to say you’ll show up at the Relay For Life event and take your turn walking the track but these people don’t stop there. Each team member is encouraged to raise at least $100 and most of them wave at that milestone as they pass on their way to even bigger numbers.

The effort put forth by these folks is heartening; especially on days when it feels like the human spirit has long since left the human race. They are working so hard and really coming together as true teams to do their part for the bigger picture.

Unfortunately, most of us today know someone who has either battled or is battling cancer. It comes in so many forms and doesn’t discriminate when choosing who it will affect.

Helping out some of the fundraising efforts of the Relay For Life of Ennis teams is at least a small way to fight back against a disease that has plagued so many lives and families. I encourage you to visit the Relay For Life of Ennis website at www.relayforlife.org/ennistx and check out the good being done right here in our community. Everyone can help, however small their effort might be, because as a community we’re standing up to cancer and honoring those affected by it.

Relay For Life is just under 30 days away but there is still time to do your part.

Support some of the local fundraisers or purchase Luminaria on the Relay For Life of Ennis website to show your support of the community and the cause.

Kacy Hibdon is a staff writer for the EDN and a fan of people making an effort for others. She can be reached at kacy@ennisdaily news.com.


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