Learn more about one of the teams that have joined the fight against cancer by once again getting involved with Relay For Life of Paulding County:
My name is Taylor Elzey. I, along with Sharon Dodd, are co captains of team Destination Cure. Our team has been involved in Relay for Life since 2007, and we have two main, personal reasons as to why we relay.
In 2005, Sharon’s son, Scotty, had been battling cancer. They attended the Relay For Life event that year, and Scotty got to walk his survivor lap. Sadly, in 2006, Scotty lost his battle to cancer at the age of 25. So in 2007, Sharon started a Relay For Life team in memory of Scotty. The team name was, “Scotty’s Family and Friends.” Sharon and her husband, Scott, continue to relay in memory of their son, Scotty.
I have been involved in Relay For Life since 2008. My reason for getting involved was to help Sharon’s team raise funds. In September of 2008, cancer presented itself to another family member. My 8-month-old nephew, Bryson, was diagnosed with brain cancer. He went through two years of chemo treatments and faced 13 surgeries. He is now 6 years old and as of now, all scans show stable results.
By 2009, since more of our loved ones had faced cancer, “Scotty’s Family and Friends” became known as “Destination Cure.”
Relay For Life is a time to remember and honor those we have lost to cancer, and to celebrate their life. It is a time to celebrate those who have beaten cancer. It is a time to encourage and support those who are currently fighting cancer. It is a time to recognize and thank those who have been or are currently caregivers to their loved ones who have or have had cancer. Some lives are taken by cancer, and some lives beat cancer. But every life has been affected by cancer in some way.
Team Destination Cure hopes and prays that through Relay For Life, we can help reach the destination of cure.
Learn more about Destination Cure by visiting their team page.
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As of Thursday evening, 67 teams had signed up for Relay For Life of Paulding County 2014. There’s plenty of time to start or join a team. Click here to find out how you can get involved.