Saturday morning, I'll be participating in the opening ceremony at the Pottstown Relay for Life representing The Mercury as a community partner with Relay in the fight against cancer.
The Mercury and pottsmerc.com are often held up by local Relay organizers as a tremendous boost to their success. We have always said covering Relay in this town as a front-page, above-the-fold story is just doing our jobs.
Relay is a tremendous boost to the Pottstown area as the ultimate community event, involving thousands of people working together for a cause that affects their families and friends.
Last year, the Pottstown Relay was featured in an episode of The Food Network's Ace of Cakes. The Relay has been visited by state and national heads of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life programs as the little town that raised a million dollars, the place that started Dimes Make a Difference, the originator of Kids for a Cure, and most recently, the town that let the dogs out and started Bark for Life canine relays, now taking off in communities around the globe.
Pottstown is a rock star of Relays. Still, it is difficult to know whether to rejoice for the way this community fights, or weep because part of the success is that cancer has touched so many lives here.
Cancer has touched the family of Mercury employees many times and in many heart-wrenching stories. It is for the people we have lost and the survivors we have stood beside that Relay is such an important story to us.
If you have a few minutes Saturday, come out to the track at Pottsgrove High School. Support the teams there by buying a raffle ticket or lunch or a snack. Take a lap. Join in; be part of the community that takes up the fight.