This year’s Relay For Life event is scheduled for Friday, April 28, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Regional Park (city park) in Corinth.
Alcorn County Relay for Life event chair Lanell Coln said the Alcorn County event is in desperate need of teams. She said people do not participate the way they used to and she feels it is because of busy lives.
“Everybody is so busy, and it’s difficult, but this is so important and it can be really fun. You make great friendships from just doing it,” said Coln. “I would really like to see it grow and be back to the participation it had so many years ago.”
Coln said this year’s theme for the the event is “Superheroes” and she wanted to stress the point that it does not have to be only businesses that participate and form a team.
“I would like to see more churches to get involved. It can also be families and friends. You can get together and have a team in honor of a family member,” said Coln.
Coln’s team is called “Lanelle’s Warriors” and she said some team members are from her cancer support group and some are just friends.
The event chair said she knows some may feel the event has not been effective because of all the money raised and there is still no cure for cancer.
“We still don’t have a cure, but we’ve come a long way ... I’m living proof of that,” said Coln.
Coln herself is a survivor of pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed in December, 2013, and had surgery in January, 2014. She is currently cancer-free. She said she was told during her last checkup that the people at the office were very excited.
“I was told that I am the only living pancreatic cancer patient that they have [at her oncology clinic], but I know there’s lots more out there,” said Coln.
With such a powerful story of her own, Coln stresses the importance of supporting the Relay for Life and continuing to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
In fact, the trauma of being a cancer patient, or a friend, family member, or caregiver of a cancer patient, was so important that it led Coln to help establish a cancer support group.
“It started after I came back to work and I’d have people calling me and wanted to know where there was a cancer support group, and there’s wasn’t one at that time,” Coln recalled. “After about the third or fourth call, I said ‘Lord, I hear You.’”
The support group began meeting over a year ago. They meet at the Bishop Center on Washington Street in Corinth the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.
She stressed the group is for everyone who has been affected by cancer, not just cancer survivors.
“We try to have a speaker most months, but sometimes we need to just mingle and talk. The caregivers really need support, too. It’s a close knit group.” she said.
(For more information regarding how to establish a team or become involved with Relay For Life or the cancer support group, contact Lanell Coln at 662-212-2303.)