My father has been in the Wilkinson County Relay for Life for years. I generally showed up, took a few pictures for him, and went home. After I got married, my wife was involved in the Baldwin County Relay with Gamma Beta Phi. Again, I showed up, took some pictures for the group, and headed home.
On January 15, 2016, I was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (pre-leukemia). Two weeks later, on January 31st, my uncle passed away from bone cancer. After that, I decided I could not spend any more time on the sidelines. So, I joined with my wife and my mother-in-law (who is a survivor of breast cancer) on the Gamma Beta Phi team from Georgia College. I have watched these young men and women over the last few years and have been thoroughly impressed by their dedication to service.
Cancer has touched too many lives in too many horrible ways. I’ve watched as it has affected my friends, then my family, and now me. I am lucky; MDS is treatable and curable. One day, I hope in the near future, that can be said about all the other types as well.