By David Lichtenstein
Join hundreds of your fellow Molokai residents tomorrow at Kaunakakai Baseball Park for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life.
Both my mother and my mother-in-law were taken way too early by cancer. Cancer does not care who you are or what kind of life you have led, it is an equal opportunity destroyer. The evil and the righteous are attacked equally by this remorseless disease. It is time we fight back!
Last year, over 300 Molokai residents walked laps for 12 hours from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and raised over $16,000. So far this year, 17 teams representing 140 participants have registered for the event online, raising $6,963.
A table is set up in front of Friendly Market to help register interested individuals and teams. You can also contact Avette Ponce at 553-3171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, go to www.relayforlife.org/molokaihi.
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday teams will gather at the ball field for the overnight, relay-style event. Teams will camp out around the track as individuals take turns walking around the track for donations. Food, games, entertainment and activities will be taking place during this family-oriented event.
The relay starts with a Survivors Lap – an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories they’ve achieved over cancer. Cancer patient caregivers are also recognized and celebrated. These individuals give their time, love, and support to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who face cancer.
On Molokai, proceeds will be used to support research to find a cure and also to assist many cancer patients in their fight. Some patients need help with transportation costs when flying to Oahu to receive treatments.
The Molokai Community Health Center will have a tent set up with relay walkers going all night long. Three local teams that have received the most pledges so far include Team Mabuhay, Molokai General Hospital and Team Monsanto.