Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another. When you ask cancer survivors or their caregivers what helped them get through grueling treatment or even the loss of a loved one, most can answer in one word: hope.

More than three million people in the United States from 5,000 communities have found hope by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life (RFL).

Many say that from the moment they set foot on a relay track, they discover a community of people who know what they've been through. It's that sympathy and support that brings the hope needed to move toward healing.

All it really takes is one person. It was one man in Tacoma, Wash., back in 1985, who had seen enough suffering and wanted to make a statement about the need for additional fund-raising for cancer research and services.

Dr. Gordy Klatt started a worldwide movement to end cancer known as the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

I encourage anyone who has been touched by cancer or wants to bring hope to others to participate in "Show Us Your HOPE" in recognition of the progress we have made in the fight against this disease.

Join me on Friday, Aug. 3 at the La Crescent High School Track for the Relay For Life of Houston County. Together, we will stand united to eliminate cancer.

Jessica Bauer, co-chair

2012 Relay For Life of

Houston County