Relay for Life is an important fundraiser for our fight against cancer.

And nowhere is that more true than in our local area, where hundreds of volunteers and donors do their best to bring us closer to ending the scourge of cancer.

For many, the Relay for Life celebrations are rites of spring. They are chances to celebrate survivors, mourn those lost to the disease and look forward to a future when these events will no longer be necessary.

The local relays are:

Thibodaux: noon to midnight April 22 at the Thibodaux High School Stadium, 1355 Tiger Drive.

Houma: 3 p.m. to midnight April 29 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, on Barrow St. near La. 311.

South Lafourche: noon to 10 p.m. May 6 at the Larose Civic Center, 307 East Fifth St.

“It’s a celebration for all survivors and to celebrate all those we’ve lost to cancer,” said Sarah Daigle, a representative for Relay for Life in Thibodaux. “But then it’s also a fundraiser. It’s meant for a day of fun and family. There’s all types of activities and entertainment, and is essentially to raise funds to fund a cure.”

The three local efforts are estimating that they will raise a combined amount of more than $700,000.

That is a huge step in the direction of a cure.

As importantly, the relays are a public display of solidarity and determination, a statement that we are working together to end a brutal disease that claims far too many lives.

The bad news is that we and so many of our loved ones are up against this terrible illness. The good news, though, is that we are making progress in researching it and working on ways to fight against it.

But the American Cancer Society does so much more than just research.

It also offers assistance to people who are suffering from cancer now. And it helps provide screening services so people can be diagnosed and begin treatment sooner — something that leads to more success and survival stories.

There is no doubt that our region does its part to support this worthy cause. But it is just as true that we get irreplaceable services from the organization, services that help and extend the lives of people right here in our communities.

If you are able to help in any way with the Relay for Life events or just want more information about the whole effort, go to Relayforlife.org.

Or, you can just show up at any of these touching, awe-inspiring events and give your time or money to the cause. You and the people you help will be glad you did.

 

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