Monday, June 7th is Cancer Survivor's Day! It's a special day for me, as I have had cancer twice, and my mother and father have both had cancer. To say that I hate cancer is an understatement! It's such a terrible disease! Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer! It's beyond an epidemic in our area!

One of the casualties from COVID have been the Relay for Life Events. They are a chance for the community to bond, celebrate those who have survived cancer and mourn those who we have lost. Plus, they are a tremendous fundraiser for the fight against cancer.

I have had the pleasure of participating in the Downeast Relay for Life events in the past, and the Survivor Lap always makes me cry.

The last time Relay for Life was held in Ellsworth was on June 1st, 2019. It was the 20th Annual Downeast Relay for Life. Check out some photos from that day.

So today, let's pause! Look at the sun, take a breath, hug your family! If you have had cancer and are here today you are a survivor! With all the strife in the world, and the COVID-19 pandemic I am reminded that life is fleeting. Enjoy today and everyday that you're on Earth. Make a difference, make someone smile.

And here are photos from the 2017 Hancock County Relay for Life

Relay for Life 2017