Last weekend I had to change my plans to meet with Ashley Kannupp about her American Cancer Society Relay For Life team.
We had to talk on the phone because I was out of town, visiting a dear friend who will soon lose her battle with colon cancer.
I hate cancer. Recently, I was talking with my 10-year-old son about another loved one with cancer. He summed up all our feelings beautifully in two words: "stupid cancer."
I can't imagine there is anyone anywhere whose life has not been affected by cancer. The cruelty and universality of the disease must make us all more determined to fight back and win.
That's why I appreciate Ashley and others who are taking an active role in the fight.
The annual Relay For Life takes place in venues across the country, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year, Cabarrus County relay will be May 15-16 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.
According to the American Cancer Society Web site, the relay's purpose is to "celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease."
During the weeks leading up to the relay, I hope to introduce you to teams from eastern Cabarrus County and give everyone opportunity to join the battle.
Ashley is captain of the team from Buddy's Place, a popular restaurant in Mount Pleasant. Their team, "The Cure," so far consists of three staff members at Buddy's Place plus friends and family, a total of 11 members.
I asked Ashley what made her want to get involved. She told me about a middle school student, daughter of a waitress at Buddy's Place, who heard from one of her teachers how important it is. That was enough for Ashley, a high school junior, to decide to begin putting together a team.
To raise money, "The Cure" is soliciting donations from local businesses, whose names and logos will go on the team's T-shirts. They've also put a donation jar by the register at the restaurant and are contemplating a yard sale. Each team member has a goal of raising $200 in donations.
Those are simple things, but "The Cure" seems to understand that little steps can take you great distances. .
So now you know one way you can help the fight against cancer, and it's pretty easy. Have a meal at Buddy's Place, drop some money in the jar and let the good folks there know you support them.
For more information about our local Relay For Life, go to relay.acsevents.org. Click on "Find an Event" and type in your zip code. And if you're part of an eastern Cabarrus team, tell me about it so we can all share in this battle.