Last Friday evening brought out the crowds for the annual Greater Derry/Londonderry Relay for Life at the Pinkerton Academy track. From the luminaria ceremony to the crowds camped close by, the Relay is an emotional, moving and strength-filled show of support for the fight – and the fighters – against cancer.
The Relay provides a triple focus – celebration of cancer survivors; remembrance of those who lost their battle; and solidarity of those fighting back and raising money for cancer research.
The Relay – and other events like it that raise money for the American Cancer Society – are a rallying point for those who have been touched by the disease, either personally or from someone they know.
And for those of us who work at this newspaper, that means Debra Paul, the owner of Nutfield Publishing and publisher of its three news- papers, the Londonderry Times, Nutfield News and Tri-Town Times, who received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013.