These days you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know someone who has been affected by the ravages of cancer. That’s one reason why CV Products employee Christine Beightol is once again organizing participants for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser scheduled this Friday in Lexington, N.C.
Christine is an engineer at our company’s Xceldyne Technologies division and 2013 marks the third year in a row that she has organized CV Products employees to help raise money for this volunteer-driven cancer fund-raising event. Her relay team is called Faith, Hope, Fight, Heal, and has actively participated since 2010 as a way to encourage her friends and our employees and their families to walk in support of a great cause.
Christine says that since that inaugural walk, many CV employees have become more aware of the numbers of people they know who have been affected in some manner by cancer. These employees have themselves been a survivor, a caretaker for a cancer patient, or they’ve know known someone who has had cancer or lost a battle with this terrible disease.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Relay for Life began back in 1985 when a colorectal surgeon named Dr. Gordon Klatt chose to walk around the University of Puget Sound’s stadium track for 24 hours to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, as well as celebrate the lives of survivors and the lives of those who lost their lives to the disease.
Pretty soon, Dr. Klatt’s overnight event began cropping up in communities throughout the country, with participants bringing tents and sleeping bags and making an entire night out of it. In fact, nearly 4 million people now annually take part in Relay for Life events in more than 5,000 communities. The idea is this: Cancer never sleeps, and these relays are held overnight to remind everyone of that.
It’s for certain that Christine and her walkers won’t be catching a lot of shuteye come Friday night. They’ll be walking for donations at the Lexington Senior High School track from 6 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday, and there’s still time to join them or donate to their team.
If you want to participate, make a donation, or just watch the festivities, please use the official Faith, Hope, Fight, Heal team page online or shoot Christine Beightol an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to show support for Christine’s team, meet up with us at the high school, which is located at 26 Penry St. In addition, participants and spectators alike are asked to bring canned food items that will be donated to local pantries.