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Rain Delayed Relay for Life

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The 5:00 pm start approached as the sky darkened and let loose the rain dropping about a half an inch on the Relay for Life event at Tiger Stadium Friday evening.

After about an hour delay the Young Marines posted the colors and the festivities began with cancer survivor Reverend Adrianne Coleman as she cited some stats on the number of people surviving cancer as of January 1, 2015 14.5 million people were alive. Some are recently diagnosed and others are long-term survivors. She went on to say they expect 1.6 million new cases this year.

She went on to tell the crowd that she had survived an invasive breast cancer and just recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. She added all of the complications she now suffers from after the chemotherapy and wonders how you can be called a survivor. Cancer is a word its not a sentence. Cancer can do a lot of things to us but it there is a host of things it can’t do to us. “It cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot corrode faith, it can’t eat away at our peace, it can’t destroy our confidence,” she said. Her encouragement about feeling guilty and relief she said is only human and that we should allow our family and friends and caregivers the right to feel the feelings of discouragement and unhappiness.

She went to say that its important to set goals for yourself as she did by being in the pulpit every Sunday and she also got involved in the theater. She added that Victor Franko, a holocaust survivor wrote “forces beyond your control can take away everything except one thing, your freedom to choose.” She went on to say “I choose Hope.”  That is the secret to being a survivor, hope.

Noby Gomez spoke about caregivers and while he himself hasn’t really been a direct caregiver he has been very supportive of the people he knows has been stricken with the disease. In his support he started a list beginning with his mom who passed away with leukemia. He added all those he has been close to and he noted he ran out of space on the poster board. He encouraged the crowd to celebrate the life of those who are still here and for those who have passed.

Louise Bauler, as an 8th grader, had a crush on a senior boy. She did what she could to get noticed but admits what senior boy would have anything to do with an 8th grader. She went on to say she eventually worked with this young man’s mother while he was in the Marine Corp. As fate would have it she received a letter from this young man during her senior year. One day Nathan called and she hung up on him not knowing who he was. He called back and said he was in Almagordo to see her where Louise was living and working at the hospital, as she put it the rest is history all 42 years and two boys later.

Nathan was diagnosed with prostate cancer, together they fought it and won. At age 66 Nathan was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lungs. She went on to talk about his little yah yahs. It was their little thing to help cope.  Unfortunately Nathan didn’t make it but Louise wanted to pass on there is hope in everyday. There is hope in just getting up in the morning, there is hope to dance to the oldies in the kitchen like we used to do. Hope to play golf on the computer again and again.

After seven years Louise is just now realizing what has happened, that her 8th grade crush was no longer here. She added read all you can about the diagnosis of the disease, educate yourself with what ever you can get your hands on. Take care of yourself if you’re a caregiver, accept help and counseling so you can deal with situation. She added that she didn’t do that and that is why she felt she is just now realizing and feeling the loss of her 8th grade crush.

The festivities continued with dancing and the survivor lap. A lap the survivors take to honor their journey and survival from a disease that can be devastating. As Adrianne Coleman put it she chose to deal with the disease and not let it manage her.

The event continued throughout the night ending Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m.

 

               2015 RELAY FOR LIFE COMMITTEE

Event Co-Chairs                Jami Esquibel, Mercy Swanson

Banker                               Colette Armijo

Entertainment                    Amelia Vigil, Nancy Valdez

Food/Hospitality                Jami Esquibel

               Logistics Committee

Luminaria                          Diana Alderette

Mission                             Freda Baca

Online                              Jami, Mercy  –  Facebook, Liz

Public Relations                Colette, Jami, Mercy

Sponsorship                     Teresa Ebell

Survivorship                     Judy Phelps, Teresa Ebell

Team Development          Liz Tafoya

Youth Developement        Vanna Tapia

ACS Staff                         Manuel Luna                             

                                     

                        2015 RELAY FOR LIFE TEAMS

Brenda Perry & Friends                Brenda Perry                                                                                                                  

Colfax County Young Marines       Briana Pais, Christina Avila Marchet                                             

Ebell &  Co                                    Teresa Ebell, Stella Devers                                   

Esperanza “Don’t Mope There’s Hope”   Amelia Vigil, Remy Garcia                               

Firecrackers                                Colette Armijo, Ira Simpson                               

Friends of  Mercy                        Mercy Swanson                                                              

Holy Walkamolies                       Stacey & Betty Poe                                                        

International Walkers                   Caroline Gum, Lieann Bernal                               

Pink Layers                                 Angelina Romero, Elma Sanchez                                       

Purple Ladies                              Committee                                                       

Rosalie & Andy’s Army               Noby Gomez                                                

Springer Team                             Diana Alderette, Judy Phelps                                

Walk to Remember                      Liz Tafoya, Candise Maria                             

Walking for Loralai                       Julian Gutierrez                                                  

Wells Fargo                                 Hope Neurauter, Vanna Tapia

Reverend Adrianne Coleman spoke about her battles with breast and colon cancer. As she put I choose to deal with these diseases and not let them get me down I choose to Hope.

Reverend Adrianne Coleman spoke about her battles with breast and colon cancer. As she put I choose to deal with these diseases and not let them get me down I choose to Hope.

 

DJ Noby Gomez made a list of those he knows as family and friends that have fought the battle with cancer. He lost his mom to leukemia as a young boy and each year comes to Relay to remember and honor her and now to fight for his brother and sister.

DJ Noby Gomez made a list of those he knows as family and friends that have fought the battle with cancer. He lost his mom to leukemia as a young boy and each year comes to Relay to remember and honor her and now to fight for his brother and sister.

 

Caregiver Louise Bauler spoke of her 8th grade crush Nathan, the one she married, loved and cared for through two bought of cancer.

Caregiver Louise Bauler spoke of her 8th grade crush Nathan, the one she married, loved and cared for through two bought of cancer.

 

Raton City Commissioner Linde Schuster gave the welcome address.

Raton City Commissioner Linde Schuster gave the welcome address.

 

Survivors celebrate as they begin the survivor's lap at the 2015 Relay for Life event

Survivors celebrate as they begin the survivor’s lap at the 2015 Relay for Life event

 

Supporters clap and cheer as the survivor's lap gets underway at the 2015 Relay for Life event held Friday and Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Supporters clap and cheer as the survivor’s lap gets underway at the 2015 Relay for Life event held Friday and Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

 

The luminaries line the track some plain some more elaborate. They remember, they honor, they recognize and in this case remember a so young life lost.

The luminaries line the track some plain some more elaborate. They remember, they honor, they recognize and in this case remember a so young life lost.

 

They all have a meaning as they glow in the dark to honor those passed.

They all have a meaning as they glow in the dark to honor those passed.

 

Created with love they honor a life gone.

Created with love they honor a life gone.

 

They are created in say we are here for you.

They are created in say we are here for you.

 

A simple butterfly

A simple butterfly

 

Puddles left behind by the rain earlier that evening reflects the many luminaria that line the track at Tiger Stadium Friday evening during the 2015 Relay for Life

Puddles left behind by the rain earlier that evening reflects the many luminaria that line the track at Tiger Stadium Friday evening during the 2015 Relay for Life

 

 

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