Mother, Daughter from
chosen to walk in
Relay For Life
Daily News - News Editor
Two Huntingdon women — mother and daughter —
have been accepted as Relay Community Ambassadors in the nation's largest
cancer education rally. Cindy (Myers) Taylor, a cancer survivor, and her
daughter. Sandy Myers, plan to attend the Celebration on the Hill in
Washington, D.C., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 19. They are among 66
local citizens selected to act as "grass roots" volunteers and spokespersons
for the American Cancer Society's advocacy efforts. As of July 8, Myers said
5,300 people were registered. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19
at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Myers said 20,000
luminaries have been sold to date. A candle lighting ceremony will be held to
honor cancer survivors and remember those who died from the disease. It begins
at dusk. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 to purchase a luminary.
"I can't wait to see those candles glowing after
dark around that pool," Myers said.
The ambassadors will represent the
interests of those touched by cancer before Congress during the national event. The registered
participants are ambassadors, cancer survivors and volunteers from each of the
country's 435 Congressional districts, including 260 people from
Pennsylvania's 21 Congressional districts.
Members of Congress will be invited to visit the track, meet with their
constituents and walk a lap if they desire. "Senators Specter and Santorum
plan to attend," Myers said this week.
Myers said she and her mom were nominated by the local ACS unit as
people who would make "good ambassadors." They were required to write a
750-word essay about the reason they wanted to participate. They were selected
about three months ago. The next step was a training session, including
discussion on how to speak to legislators, Myers said.
Cindy, a nurse at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, is a breast cancer
survivor from more than six years ago. She was in the recovery stage from
treatments when she and Huntingdon Relay
for Life held at Detwiler Memorial Field in mid-May. Myers said her mom was given a
clean bill of health, but she is currently recovering from recent routine
surgery. Cindy will be ready to go join the walk around the pool's track in
Fifty tents, one for each state, will line the track. Just like the
smaller hometown version of the Relay, each state delegation will have
individuals walking the track at all times.
"Everyone is welcome to join the walk," Myers said. This is not a
fund-raising event; the delegates are not required to raise a fee to attend.
It's about cancer awareness education and sending a message to elected
officials that they need to stay committed to enacting policies and providing
resources that will help alleviate the nation's cancer burden. This year, an
estimated 1.3 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and 550,000 will
Sandy and Cindy, along with Cindy's parents, Shirley and "Dixie" Myers,
call their team the Country Systems Team after the family's business, in the
2002 Relay in Huntingdon, the team was the top money-raising team with $6,339.
Cindy was top individual, raising $2,074. This year's Relay in Huntingdon
raised over $98,000.
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