SOLANA BEACH — Carolyn Gerard, of Fairbanks Ranch, is one of many who has been affected by cancer. Her sister’s battle with cancer began in 1995, with a rare and rapidly growing stage three thyroid cancer.
During the next few years, her cancer came back three more times, spreading into her lungs. In August 2001, her doctors recommended a new treatment, a stem-cell transplant procedure, which they saw as her final hope, as the previous chemotherapy treatments could not kill the cancer cells. After four separate battles with reoccurring cancer, she remains cancer free thanks to advances in cancer research and treatment.
Solana Beach will work to support that research with its first Relay For Life July 11 at Earl Warren Middle School, 55 Stevens Ave. Sponsored by The American Cancer Society, the 24-hour walk represents the reality that cancer never sleeps. Teams of people (up to 20 people per team) are invited to take turns walking around the track, having at least one team member walking at all times, raising funds for cancer prevention and treatment.
To participate, form a team, become a sponsor or give a donation, call The American Cancer Society Relay for Life at (619) 209-9843 or visit www.relayforlife.org/solanabeachca.