Relay For Life walks for cancer | KWKT
BELTON, Texas (Fox 44) – 1.9 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2022, according to the American Cancer Society. Bell County Relay For Life is raising funds to reduce this number.
Relay for Life is a 12-hour event honoring cancer caregivers and survivors while raising funds for the American Cancer Society.
“Being here with all the other survivors is community, it’s family,” said Amy Corbitt.
Corbitt and Tori Uceda are cancer survivors and are optimistic that a cure will be found.
“The cancer is still there,” Uceda said. “We fight it every day, and as long as we all work together, we will eventually find a cure.”
Corbitt walks for his family.
“It gives me happiness,” Corbitt said. “It gives me peace because I know I’m not alone and I’m not fighting alone.”
Uceda says not only is cancer hard on that person, but also on their caregivers.
“Caregivers are going through the exact same thing we are going through,” Uceda said. “They watch their loved ones, you know, disappear. They watch their loved ones get sick. They hold hands while undergoing treatments and being poked and pushed.
The American Cancer Society provides Hope Lodge as a place to stay, walks to appointments, wigs and makeovers, clean houses and more.
They walk the track for hours without giving up or sleeping because neither does cancer.
“We stay here, we walk and we fight and we survive,” Corbitt said. “And it helps you think about the survivors and what they’re going through.”
Uceda says if you are a caregiver or cancer patient who needs support, contact the Bell County Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society.
“You can cry with others,” Uceda said. “You share your victories and you share your sorrows.”
The Bell County Relay For Life will continue next year in May.