PLATTSBURGH There is definitely strength in numbers.
That was the overall feeling of those who attended and participated in the recent 2007 Relay For Life, which, according to Faye Fitzgerald of the American Cancer Society, was the biggest and best ever!
Thousands of people from the North Country turned out to participate in this special event, including 225 survivors, their family members, friends, teammates and community supporters, Fitzgerald said.
Plattsburgh can be proud of the fact that it hosted the second largest fundraiser in the capitol region, raising close to $150,000.
Fitzgerald recalled a meaningful conversation she had that evening with a newly diagnosed survivor.
It had a lot of meaning as to what Relay for Life does for people, she said.
I came tonight not knowing what to expect. Being new to this whole cancer thing my family and I are having a very difficult time adjusting, the new survivor said.
I am so overwhelmed with emotions that it is hard to describe! When you are here you realize there is reason to celebrate life, there is reason to be hopeful in the future and most importantly, no one needs to be going through this alone.
Twenty-four-year-old Kimberly Fulton was the guest survivor speaker that evening. Just last year she found out completely by accident that she had a brain tumor, had surgery, and thankfully, follow-up MRIs have been clear.
Still, hearing the diagnosis of cancer has been a painful and frightening experience for her.
I thought that the Relay was amazing this year, Fulton said. It was very emotional for me though.
I was asked how it made me feel to see my name this year on the bags and the luminaria scrolling board, she said noting that she had not really thought about it until that point.