Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back

I had the opportunity to take part in Campbell County's Relay for Life again this past weekend.

Hi everyone. Rob here.

This is the 3rd year, I was asked to take part. The relay was held at Newport High School and it raises money for the American Cancer Society. The purpose is not only to raise money. They celebrate those who have survived, remember those who lost the battle, and fight back against this deadly disease.

Hundreds showed up Friday night for opening ceremonies. It was pretty powerful to see the dozens of people who have survived cancer honored. Men, women, young and old proving no one is immune to cancer.

The keynote speaker was Mark Krebs. He's a Newport native, played 4 years of UK basketball and now author. He wrote the book, "Beyond a Dream," which is about more than just basketball. It's about overcoming obstacles and reaching beyond limitation. It is also about Mark's mom and her fight against cancer. She was diagnosed in 2001 and given 9 months to live, but she fought back. Survived nearly 400 chemotherapy treatments and 7 surgeries. She lived to be with her son at Rupp Arena for senior day at UK. Terri Krebs lost her fight against cancer about a year ago. That's hasn't stopped her son from continuing the fight along with hundreds of others this past weekend on the track at Newport High School.

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