Relay for Life applauds cancer survivors

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Cancer survivors take to the track with the Cambridge Police color guard team in the lead.

CAMBRIDGE  —On May 15, cancer survivors gathered at the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School to celebrate their success in beating a terrible disease. Dr. Donald Rae, a cancer survivor originally from the Boston area now settled in Dorchester County, was the guest speaker. Dr. Rae was celebrated as a 50-year survivor, after removal of a malignant melanoma in 1965.

“I may be the first Relay for Life survivor in Cambridge to have reached the 50-year milestone, said Dr. Rae, “but I won’t be the last.” Dr. Rae crafted his interesting and also entertaining speech around a quote he took from Martin Luther, at the 1958 World’s Fair in Belgium: “If I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree today.”

Cancer survivors took to the track laid out in the C-SD parking lot, led by the Cambridge Police color guard, and walked until midnight to honor all cancer sufferers and survivors alike. The survivors took the first two laps, and then participants joined them to help raise money for various cancer efforts. Many of the participants were dressed for the occasion and a celebratory mood prevailed.

The inside of the track was lined with luminarias marked with the names of cancer victims remembered by loved ones. Among those names were JoAnn Hutton, Relay for Life co-chairman, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on March 10 of this year, and passed away on May 10. Co-chair of the Dorchester Relay for Life, Gail Skinner, credited the late Ms. Hutton for the beautiful weather for the event.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is an event intended to celebrate cancer survivors, recognize people who are struggling with cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for cancer.

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