On Saturday afternoon, at the Houma Terrebonne Town Hall, the Terrebonne Parish Relay was celebrated for living with emotion, determination and hope for a cure for cancer.
This season has been held in the parish of Terrebonne for 20 years. For the past five years, it has been the largest relay for life in Louisiana with 10,000 visitors per year.
There are several meanings that people think about when they hear the words "Relay for Life."
Nosotros Cancer Support Group Presenter Keith Wisdom said the season is "really special because it allows all of our cancer patients and our cancer survivors to truly celebrate together, so it's a way of expanding this brotherhood and sorority of people, who are dealing with cancer and associate that with all the legacy people have of those who have been touched by cancer. "
Houma native and colon cancer survivor Virginia Authement, 53, said," Squadron is an opportunity for survivors Be grateful for their lives, but also to remember those who have raised money and awareness for cancer. "
Hundreds of survivors who had a tent to get their shirts, something to eat, smoothies to drink and to rest A while before the survivors go, who find a little space after 6 pm
The survivor went one Speaking of cancer survivor Shana Ledet, who shared her experience as a cancer patient and what it feels like to have won the fight
"I am a cancer survivor, but I still have to get used to the title," said Ledet. "I had four rounds of chemo and radiation to follow, today I am cancer free, a survivor, trying to adapt to my new normalcy, having undergone many changes over the past eight months."
There are a few traditions that are always present at a relay for the life event. Some of them have someone walking around the path constantly to indicate that cancer will never stop and therefore people will not stop until they find a cure, and also the Luminaria ceremony.
"There are so many who honor a lover walking next to someone who is dealing with cancer and / or a caregiver, this brings the chance to bring all these groups together," said Wisdom.
At the event, there were hundreds of white sacks along the way. Each bag had an inscription for someone who had died of cancer. Each bag was there as part of the Luminaria ceremony and to remember those people who were not lucky enough to call themselves survivors.
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