Jimmy Lucas, right, colon cancer survivor, was the guest speaker at
Saturday night's Relay for Life Survivor Dinner. Here he's congratulated
by friends on the great speech.
Cancer Survivor Dinner
Kicks-Off Relay For Life Campaign
from Wesley Polk
This beautiful cake was served as the "birthday" cake for all survivors, at
Saturday night's dinner.
The 2013 Relay for Life kicked off with a bang Saturday night, February 23rd, at the Cancer Survivors dinner, hosted at First United Methodist Church. With over 150 in attendance, the night was filled with laughter and tears for all those there.
Music was provided by Joe and Amanda Clark and the guest speaker for the night was Colon Cancer survivor, Jimmy Lucas. Jimmy's speech covered many topics; however, the most moving message was that despite the struggles and pain that those fighting cancer endure, God and those supporting you are always there.
The night concluded with the Relay for Life Hopkins County Committee leading those in the room in a "Happy Birthday" song to all cancer survivors in attendance. The 2013 Relay for life will take place May 17-18, 2013, at the Sulphur Springs downtown square.
Jimmy has a facebook page, "Together We've Got This," that is full of encouragement from friends and supporters, as they walk with him through his journey, offering hope to thousands as they go through with the trials of cancer. The following was submitted by the wife of a cancer patient, who shared things that anyone can do to help someone going through the battle of fighting cancer.
As the wife of a cancer patient, I found myself telling people, "No, we don't need anything", when, we actually needed ALOT. I asked Jimmy if I could post advice for people who wanted to help Cancer patients, he approved...so, here is my advice:
1. Don't ask...just do. Honestly, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, paper plates, and things like that are very expensive. And as much as the patient and their caregiver have to be on the go, they tend to forget these things at the store..Just pick something up, drop it off...I assure you, it will be used.
2. Gas cards are a HUGE help. If you want to purchase something, purchase a gas card. They come in handy at some of the most inconvenient times.
3. Parking Fees...Parking fees at hospitals and clinics can be so expensive. Drop off a ten dollar bill, that pays for a day of parking.
4. Gift cards to restaurants....Caregivers who travel with their patients, do alot of sitting, and waiting. They must eat lunch as well. A gift card somewhere for $10.00 comes in handy.
5. Mow their yard. Don't ask, just go by and do it. It's a HUGE help!
6. If they have pets, offer to go by and feed/water/walk the pets. Sometimes, those little guys get forgotten about in all this.
7. Nothing you do is too small. Everything is HUGE when you're trying to fight this disease. If you want to just make up a tray of small sandwiches and drop them off, that is a HUGE help! Drop off chips/dips...milk, cereal. Things they don't have to worry with heating up, or cooking...they can just make it and go.
8. Get with the caregiver, and see if you can stop by and help with laundry, dusting, vacuuming...Caregivers have an exhausting job, small things to help are wonderful!
9. Buy crossword puzzle books, magazines, something the patient and caregiver can read while they are sitting getting treatment or just waiting. Buy some not so expensive, they are read within a day, so even some 1.95 magazines, books and a few of them are good.
10. This one is HUGE...DROP THEM A CARD OR NOTE IN THE MAIL. Even though we have facebook, email, etc..we KNOW someone is gonna stop through and say hi. My husband LOVED going to the mailbox everyday, and something was in it for him. Something encouraging, a gift card, a little note. This made is day!!
11. As a caregiver, I found myself struggling to do for my children. Forgetting to sign them up for sports, finding the money to buy school supplies, gas, or the money to just let them have a night away from the house. So please, if the patient has children, don't forget them!
I'm sure I can think of more things, but I don't want to overwhelm Jimmy's page. Just please remember, they are usually going to tell you they don't need anything, and sometimes, at that moment, they may not, but they will. So if you feel compelled to do something, go ahead and do it! Trust me, it will be used! My husband and I, when he was so sick, found another cancer patient here in SS. Sometimes we got ALOT of things, and we just paid it forward, and helped her. It will be USED. I PROMISE!
Thanks for these ways to help, Cherilynn McGowin!!!
So, Folks what are we waiting for.....let's make someone fighting cancer's day brighter, today!!!