Thursday, May 11, 2006
Ah, spring time — renewal of spirit, a time to relax and enjoy life.
If you garden (which I don’t) you’re outside from daylight to dark whenever possible, preparing and planting and digging and sweating in anticipation of those glorious tomatoes, squash, etc. come summertime.
If you’re a parent of a student at any school, the end of the year is also totally hectic. Field trips, exams and tests, parties and programs will wear the tires off your car.
If you have a child in any extracurricular activities, then triple that.
I know that those up here who have kids in sports are either practicing or playing — well, unless it’s rained another game out, again.
My oldest granddaughter is in dance at a school in Oxford. Her recital is Thursday night. Rehearsals began in earnest last week; along with pictures, etc.
It seems like I’ve gone to Oxford every day last week and will be going again every day this week.
Then, Saturday, our church has a bake sale and booth at the Harmontown Civic Club flea market (Hwy 310 — y’all come!). I also have a quilt guild meeting and then, our South Reporter Relay for Life team will be selling hot dogs, etc. at the Stix-n-Tones gospel singing.
• We’re all pretty excited about that. It should be a great night.
Really, what could be better? Great music, hot dogs and an evening outside with friends and neighbors.
I’m pretty amazed at how many Relay For Life teams there are in Holly Springs and Marshall County and how well the community and the other teams support one another.
Cancer touches everyone’s life to some degree or another. We all know or love someone who has this dread disease. Some of us know more than one person affected by cancer.
In Mississippi, in 2005, there were 14,970 new cases diagnosed. There were 1,372,910 new cases in the United States.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that 9.8 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January, 2001.
More than 570,280 Americans are expected to die of cancer this year, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease.
Yet, the survival rate is going up. The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1995 and 2000 is 64 percent. That’s up from 50 percent in 1974-1976.
What can we do? We’re doing it! We’re going to bake sales and yard sales and we’re supporting each other’s teams and we’re helping, in a big way, to finance research.
That’s what friends are for!
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