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Working to cure cancer – right here in Ennis

Very few of us will be fortunate enough to live our entire lives without cancer touching us in some way.
“You have cancer.”
We will either have to hear those horrible words ourselves or we will hear that some doctor has said them to someone we love. Either way, it will begin a chain of events that will, regardless of the final outcome, detour the course of our lives from the road we likely had planned.
All around the world, there are efforts being made to eradicate this disease and the citizens of Ennis are doing their part as well.
This weekend, many of those who cancer has touched in a personal way, and many of those who just want to do all they can to help those it has, will gather together at the Ennis Junior High track and walk all night in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
The 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Ennis will be held Friday night through Saturday morning and teams will walk, run and stroll around the track in honor of, and encouragement for, those who have been lost to cancer or who are currently battling the disease. The teams have been formed by caring individuals representing churches, businesses, organizations and families, and some groups are simply friends who will gather together to work toward the cause of curing cancer.
During the event, these courageous people will play games, enjoy food, music and a very special camaraderie as they form bonds that will last a lifetime.
Each team will field at least one walker on the track during the hours between dusk Friday and dawn Saturday. They will stay up all night to raise money to find a cure.
As part of the evening’s events, all participants will share an unforgettable candle-lighting Luminaria Ceremony to remember those who have been affected by cancer. The luminarias, which line the track, are named in honor, or in memory, of cancer patients.
During the evening there will be a special opportunity for survivors of cancer to be honored and celebrated as they take a victory lap around the track. For those readers who have never had the opportunity to witness this amazing event, we want to encourage you to bring your family to the EJHS track Friday night and take part.
One of the Relay for Life volunteers touched our hearts this week in a note she sent to us that reminded us what this event is all about.
“Yes, it is a fundraiser, there is no denying that, but it’s also about people. Our team buried one of our own this month, it was a stark reminder of the most brutal kind, why we do this. The American Cancer Society likes to say it’s about a community coming together. I am very proud to say that this little community could give them lessons in how it’s done.”
She has never been more right.
If there is one thing Ennis residents do better than anyone, it is come together to help those in need. Let’s all come together for this very short time Friday night and reach out to those in need.
It is not too late to contribute to the cause by purchasing a luminaria to honor someone you love who has been touched by cancer. And it certainly isn’t too late to contribute to the cause, even if you can’t participate in the Relay.
For more information about how you can help, contact Laurie Wilson at 972-875-5462.
We’ve said it before and we will say it again because they are words we believe with all our heart.
We participate gladly in this event and we always remember – as we hope all those who are working so hard will – that it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the money Ennis Relay for Life participants help raise for cancer research could very well be the funds that will enable researchers to find a cure.
That is most certainly our prayer.

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