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Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

This Friday night kicks off another year of fundraising by Relay for Life of Louisa. It’s the culmination of many activities that have taken place in the community by the dozens of participating teams to raise more money for research to fight the dreaded disease.

It’s safe to say that most people know someone—whether it’s a family member, friend, colleague, or acquaintance who has been diagnosed with cancer in one form or another. Many have survived and, sadly, others have not.

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, regardless of the type, can tell you just how scary it is when they first learn that they have the disease. But it’s the medical team, family, friends, coworkers and others who rally around them that make the journey much less frightening.

Knowing that there are clinical trials, new treatment methods and promising new research taking place every day gives those diagnosed with cancer tangible hope that their medical team will find something that will cure them, or at least extend their lives for many more years.

Without the generosity of those who donate regularly to the American Cancer Society, or other non-profits who dedicate their efforts to raising money for more research, cancer patients and their families would have no hope.

Cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t care about age, race, profession, gender or what goals or dreams a person may have.

That’s why it is important that people give generously to help one day eradicate cancer, so that no one else has to face the dreadful disease that claims so many lives every year.

Cancer is painful. Not only to the person who is in the fight of their life, but also to the caregivers and family members who suffer right alongside the patient and who mourn the loss of their loved one when the fight just wasn’t enough, or the treatment plan was unsuccessful.

Happily, there are more and more survivors  every year as research reveals promising new treatments. Others are on the cusp of being discovered, all because of the dollars that are donated at fundraisers such as Relay for Life.

Please take a moment to stop by and drop your donation off at this year’s Relay for Life at Trevilians Elementary School starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5 and ending at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 6.

You can make a real difference in somebody’s life! And who knows, a cure could be right around the corner.