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05/04/07 - Lufkin

Relay For Life

by Tashun Chism

Cancer survivor Bob Ford says he never thought about participating in the Relay For Life until he was diagnosed with kidney cancer more than two years ago.

"I was scared to death! You know, you always hear that word cancer and you think, it's never going to happen to me," ford said.

Now Ford not only joins the relay, but he's also one of the organizers. And with so many East Texans who participated at the Angelina County Expo Center , he was proud of the turnout. He and others believe the Relay For Life is an important weapon in the fight against cancer.

"If we get the word out about cancer, preventative measures and healthy lifestyles, our cancer incident rate can continue to decline like it has been the last ten years. Also, with more money for research, we can find cures," Ford stated.

"I think it's important because people who have cancer need help to raise money so they can possibly find a cure and get healthier," relay participant Lauren Henderson told us.

"I think it's a great cause because it's one small way that we can be a part of a cure one day. So this is what we do to help," said participant Joan McMullen.

As for Ford, he told us he'll continue to be part of the Relay For Life to help fight against the disease that nearly took his life.

"I'll be participating until I can't do it anymore. They'll be wheeling me around in a wheelchair if necessary."

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