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The Suburbanite
  • Why I Relay: Gina Larkins' story

  • Why do I relay? I relay in memory of my father and for all those affected by cancer.

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  • Why do I relay?
    I relay in memory of my father and for all those affected by cancer. As a child growing up in the '70s, cancer wasn't as common as it is today. When I was 20-years-old, my dad was diagnosed with colon/rectal cancer at the age of 40. He valiantly fought this disease for two years. Sadly, at the age of 42, he lost his battle.
    My mother was robbed of a lifetime with her husband. My grandparents had to bury their son way before his time. Cancer took a grandfather away from my daughters who never got to know him. My sister didn't have her father to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. Cancer took my brother's hero –his daddy – away from him. He missed my brothers’ graduation. They were denied the precious father/son years together. My brother was only 8-years-old when my dad passed away.
    I relay for my loved ones who are battling this disease now. You know who you are. Stay strong … I love you! You are my heroes. I relay for my loved ones who have lost their battle with this terrible disease. RIP. I relay to celebrate my loved ones who are survivors. You are our hope. I pray for the day when the world is cancer free. It might not be in my lifetime, but maybe for the generations to follow.
    Also, this year, I'm relaying in memory of Zach Sobiech. He lost his battle with osteosarcoma two weeks ago. His story is one that has forever touched my heart and soul.
    This, my friends, is why I relay.
    I'm in it to end it!
     Xoxo,
     Gina