The most famous event throughout the United States continued last week with the Danbury & Redding Relay for Life where hundreds of people participated in raising awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.
The event took place at the Bethel High School track and consisted of many entertaining activities such as Crosstown Band, Bethel High School’s Jazz Band, raffles, and games. Furthermore, there was a “Survivor’s Showcase” where everyone heard inspirational stories of people who defeated cancer, read by Alyssa Amaturo and Kelly Stewart, event organizers.
Moreover, every survivor walked on the track which was decorated with luminaries while their favorite song played. The procession with “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”, the Monty Python classic, was led by Kathryn Kosek, Danbury resident.
Kosek is also one of the cancer survivors. Her story is one of the most inspirational, because after her husband had died of lung cancer, she was diagnosed with breast cancer only four months later. When she heard the news, she decided to make a list similar to a will, to leave her belongings to her family and friends.
Nevertheless, she quickly changed her mind and decided that she has to fight back cancer. With treatments and the help of a cancer support group, her friends, and her dad, she managed to go into remission.
Carol Ann Viebrock is one of the oldest participants in the Bethel’s Relay for Life as she attended the event for the last 17 years. She is part of the Pink Ladies team which was first founded by her friend Debbie Hermansen, who lost a long and fierce battle with cancer.
However, Carol and the Pink Ladies continued to raise funds every year in honor of their friend Debbie. The Pink Ladies brought the American Cancer Society a contribution of more than $150,362.
It is also worth mentioning that Nancy Carlson, of Danbury, another cancer survivor participated in the Relay For Life to raise awareness and funds in the battle with cancer. She had two superficial melanomas removed after being diagnosed in 1997 with Malignant Melanoma Stage 3A.
Carlson and many other survivors continue to inspire and motivate every single participant that decides to attend such an event as the Relay for Life which has the target of gathering people together.
Image Source:Cancer Council