By David F. Rooney
They came by the dozen: survivors of a terrible disease that, in some cases, has laid waste whole families.
They donned bright yellow T-shirts and, wearing that symbol of optimism, marched beneath the trees at Queen Elizabeth Park in last Sunday’s annual Relay for Life.
It was a touching moment and one that says a great deal about Revelstoke and its people: they are brave and determined individuals who not only know how to fight for survival but how to reach deep within themselves to help others. And they did it again this year, raising about $70,000 to help fund the research needed to beat cancer.
“To anyone who has cancer: don’t believe them when they tell you’re going to bite the Big One,” said survivor Doug Hamilton was written off in 1971 as being terminally ill. “You might survive. I did.”
Many don’t, of course, but hope can help you immensely, he said
“It was pretty amazing,” Team Gloria member Wayne Murray later said or the Relay for Life. “We — Team Gloria — raised $15,000 and this year the Relay raised $70,000.”