Friday night out on the Normative Service's track, the American Cancer Society held its annual Relay for Life fundraiser to help win the fight against cancer. Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott was there.
The atmosphere was electric Friday night as sixteen teams participated in Sheridan's annual Relay for Life to help raise money to help in the fight against cancer.
This year's totals surpassed this year's goal by $15,000.
Relay for Life is an overnight relay-style event where teams camp around a track and members take turns walking around the track throughout the evening and into the night ending the following day.
Coordinator Nicole Marron.
It all begins with the survivor lap where survivors circle the track together celebrating their victory beating cancer.
Sixty-five survivors, plus their caregivers, took that lap. Lee Willey has been cancer free for 35 years. He was three when cancer was diagnosed and still remembers the pain of treatment.
He does have his concerns for the future.
Over two hundred people showed up for the event, each affected in someway by cancer. Paula Diaz was the caregiver for her sister while she fought breast cancer and during that time, she was diagnosed.
Cancer is life-changing.
Dorothy Pantle was diagnosed with ovarian cancer the end of March. She tries to stay optimistic, but does have her moments, especially at bedtime.
Life isn't easy nor is it fair. Janice Whyard was born and raised in Sheridan, but now lives in Kalispell, Montana. One month ago, she lost her thirty-five year old son, Chad, after a hard, eight year battle with cancer. Her heart still hurts.
Her philosophy is the four “f''s.”
Dorothy Pantle couldn't take the survivor's lap...yet.
The team for Sheridan Memorial Hospital, “Judy's Radiating Stars,” passed a milestone this weekend and became a $10,000 team for the first time!