Cancer survivors and families join to celebrate those who have overcome cancer, those who have lost their lives to cancer, and those who are still fighting.
When it comes to supporting friends, family, and community members with cancer, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton has a lot of experience. Cheryl is preparing for her fifth year of involvement with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of the Forgotten Coast. As a Florida resident, Cheryl feels motivated to support and celebrate cancer patients and survivors in her community.
Cheryl first got involved with the Forgotten Coast Relay for Life years ago when a friend who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer invited her to participate. This event holds special meaning for Cheryl, since she has lost aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends to cancer. She has also watched both her sister and niece beat cancer twice, and loves to celebrate their survival.
In years past, Cheryl has taken on many responsibilities to help with the event. Last year, she led a team that worked on logistics, activities, games, and ceremonies for the relay. She has also held other positions including online chair, and event co-chair. This April, she will offer her time and talents once again to help raise awareness and funds for cancer at the event.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event is held in several communities throughout the United States as a way of honoring those who have lost their lives to cancer, and to celebrate those who have survived. The event also aims to raise funds for cancer research—a major motivating factor for many of the volunteers.
One thing that Cheryl loves about the Forgotten Coast relay is the Luminaria Service that takes place after dark. During this ceremony, participants are invited to decorate luminary bags in honor of those who have lost their fight with cancer. The bags are then placed around the relay track, and attendees take a silent lap around the course. Cheryl says, “I love seeing the community come together to fight cancer. We all have our own personal reasons for doing the relay, but we are all there to raise money for cancer.” Visit the American Cancer Society website to find a relay event for cancer in your area.