Loss fuels one woman's desire to eradicate cancer

"Hopefully, we can raise enough funds to do enough research to find a way so people don't have to die from cancer," said Guay. "It used to be when you were diagnosed with cancer it was a definite death sentence. It's not anymore. It's come a long way but it's got a long way left to go."

This year, Guay has stepped up her role in the Plattsburgh Relay for Life by serving as chairman of the survivor committee, which honors cancer survivors at the annual event. Being able to give as much as she can to the cause is something she said she knows both her mother and Hurlburt would want.

"We've planned a lot of great things this year for our survivors, because the Relay is all about our survivors," said Guay. "I wish my mom and Gordon could've been, but I know they're looking down on us."

The Plattsburgh Relay for Life - which will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville - will be held from 7 p.m Friday, June 19, through 7 a.m. Saturday, June 20. An opening ceremony kicks off the event, followed by the "Survivor Lap," with cancer survivors walking the first lap of the 12-hour event.

Though the event is only a week away, teams may still register on-line at www.relayforlife.org/plattsburghny. Donations may also be made to teams of one's choice through the site.

Guay wants to remind everyone it's not too late to sign up.

"I didn't get involved until I had a reason to, and most people are like that," admitted Guay. "Don't wait for something to happen in your life to motivate you - be proactive, be a participant of the Relay, go to the Relay to support cancer research."

For more information, contact Relay for Life chairperson Mark Brown Jr. at 314-1404 or via e-mail at halamazoo@yahoo.com.

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