Eastern Wake County’s support for Relay for Life has been nothing short of remarkable.
And, so, it wasn’t all that surprising to learn that volunteers shattered their fundraising goal for the 2014 Relay for Life.
Still, it is a point of pride to see that folks in these parts are so supportive of a cause that means so much to so many.
The threat of cancer hangs over us all. It’s not news that cancer strikes virtually everyone in some way, whether we are diagnosed ourselves, or whether we have a friend or loved one who battles the disease.
But it is good news that people from eastern Wake County don’t want to cower from the problem and are willing to do what they can do to make it go away.
Eastern Wake County has a strong tradition of supporting this effort. That tradition has survived problems of its own and has come out stronger than ever.
We’re grateful to be part of a community that cares about more than itself. The support people give the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life shows an abiding concern for others in the community, and, indeed, all over the world who must battle an illness that still has no definitive cure.
That support is more than financial though. There’s a clear human concern people around here have when it comes to cancer and people who struggle with it.
It’s hard to imagine anyone battling cancer would not be bouyed at least in some small way by the show of support that comes with a Relay for Life event. Hundreds of people gather to let cancer patients and their families know they aren’t in their fight alone.
This year’s financial goal was $114,500. Volunteers raised a little over $116,000. Organizers are busy wondering just what kind of goal they will be trying to hit next year.
But given the can-do attitude so many people have show over the years, we suspect next year’s goal will be equally breakable.
That’s just how folks in eastern Wake County roll.