Relay For Life

Cancer does not stop for nighttime—a simple expression about the complex world of cancer. It is also the inspiration behind Edmond’s Relay for Life.

Tammy Padgett, cancer survivor and Relay for Life participant puts it like this, “I don’t know that I would be here if it weren’t for people before me, raising money and awareness,” she said. “All of the research and development for cancer treatments take a tremendous amount of money, and I feel that with all that we are raising, we are affecting others beyond ourselves.”

The Relay begins as the sun is setting, symbolizing the time that the person has been diagnosed. For some, the days began to grow darker and this represents the cancer patient’s state of mind as they may feel that their life could be coming to an end.

As the evening continues on, much like the emotions of any cancer patient, it gets colder and darker, yet when the sun begins to rise, a new light begins to burn. The rising of the sun represents the end of cancer treatments, giving new life to the survivor.

Padgett, who is now six years cancer free, remembers very clearly the day she was diagnosed. “Everything froze for a moment. My first thoughts were, ‘how much time do I have left?’ When the shock began to wear off, I went into fight mode.”

Through 12 months of chemotherapy and radiation, Padgett won the fight against cancer. She decided long ago she would be a voice in cancer treatment development. “I am living proof that research and medicines work.”

She looks forward to the start of the Relay. The first lap around the UCO campus is for all the cancer survivors taking part in the event. The second lap is for the survivors and all of their caregivers during the treatment process. This is not limited to those