Relay for Life Worker Shares Cancer Story


March 20 , 2010 (Columbia,MS) - More than 1,500 people filled the gym at the MU Rec Center to walk for a cure at the annual Relay for Life.

Sarah White's spent three years working for MU's Relay for Life.

"I got involved my first year through my sorority," White said.

Many hours, many long nights, but as she knows, cancer affects everyone.

"We got all pulled into a room to get told my brother had cancer," White said.

Todd White was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia.

"My grandma had cancer before so we kind of knew what it would be like, what would go through, really the only concern he had at the time was losing his hair because he was very athletic," White said.

But only five months after his diagnosis Todd was sent home on hospice.

"There was nothing more that we could do for him, and he passed away later in October," White said.

Her families built memorial parks in her hometown honoring her brother, they've also done work with CureSearch for childhood cancers.

This year, she took over the lumanaria ceremony at MU's relay for life.

"The lumanaria ceremony is to remember those who we've lost, to celebrate those who have made it through the battle, and support those who are going through it right now," said Relay for Life coordinator, Alexis Brown.

For Sarah, offering support comes easy, she got that from her brother.

"If he could be so optimistic, and try to find the best in everything while he was battling cancer then I can in my life as well," White said.

Last year MU's Relay for Life raised nearly $80,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Organizers expected to raise more than $100,000 for the cause this year.

- Alex Rozier

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