Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – Hats off to this year’s Relay for Life for Tom Green County as prior to the start of the 24th annual fundraiser, Kimberly Adams, RFL Tom Green County Lead Chair, stated, “Going into tonight, Friday, May 11, we are very confident that we will reach this year’s goal of $185,000.”

When Conexión interviewed Adams on the makeshift oval track located inside the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena, the website, relay.acsevents.org showed the end was in sight with $152,897.50, already a sign of hope, hence the theme “Hats Off to Hope.”  The final results showed $186, 876.29 was raised, mission accomplished! 

1000 individuals comprised of community members, nonprofits, businesses and families showed up to support their relatives or friends who had been touched by cancer, whether as a survivor or as a caregiver. 

Among the attendees was Debra Stewart, a two-time survivor of cancer. Stewart was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1993 as she went through three surgeries. “They removed the tumor then both right and left lobe.” After that was chemo radiation. In 1996 Debra again given a negative report, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news was that both diagnoses were detected in the early stages. And, Debra chose to believe the report of the Lord (Isaiah 53:1, KJV). She turned to the Lord as she had plenty of time being alone to pray, thus those negative reports became positive ones.

“It was the Lord, especially when I was in radiation therapy I was by myself for 72 hours with lots of time to pray.” Debra said that her family was disturbed by the negative report, but she told them to think of it as her being on vacation and stay positive. 

“Keep God in it so the things you go through will be your testimony to somebody else how great God’s works are.” He was there for me and He will be there for you,” concluded Stewart.

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