Why do I run the Marga-Relay-Ville 5K?
There are lots of 5ks to choose from and I do a few each year. The Marga-Relay-Ville 5K is always at the top of the list because it has it all:
It is a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) cancer research projects. I have my husband here today due to cancer research and recommended guidelines developed through research. I have also lost people I love because of Cancer and want to help find cures. This race supports the research as well as brings awareness to the cause.
It is in downtown Wake Forest. Helping support the community and businesses where I live is important to me. The route starts at the heart of downtown Wake Forest, winds around the Wake Forest Baptist church and Southeast Seminary, and down beautiful main street. It is a beautiful run through town. I can run competitively or just take a heartwarming walk.
It is a great way to spend the morning with my family. Dress up in tropical Jimmy Buffet themed outfits, listen to music, eat some good food and win some prizes. All while being outdoors doing something healthy with my family. That makes me feel good - I am doing something good for me.
Why do I participate in Marga-Relay-Ville 5K ? All these points can be summed up in one statement: Because it makes a difference; It makes a difference in my life as well as the lives of others. What can be better than that?
“Why do I run the Marga-Relay-Ville 5K? To support the cause.. and because I can.
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Those are some scary words to hear from your doctor – “you have cancer” – particularly when I had no symptoms that might have indicated there was any issue. On March 1, 2006, I had surgery to remove the upper lobe of my left lung. I also went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy. Removal of the tumor and chemotherapy were just the first steps in dealing with my cancer. The resulting physical and emotional toll that cancer produces requires further life style changes in order to cope with this disease. I decided to start running as a way to address both of these issues. At first it was just walking to the mailbox and back and then a little more each day until I did my first 1/4 mile “run” on a treadmill in September of 2006. I haven’t quit running since then. I've been able to participate in numerous 5K, 10K and half marathons. I've even completed 2 full marathons. This month marks 10 years that I have been a cancer survivor and if I can complete a few more runs, I will reach 10,000 miles of running during this time.
I am a very fortunate survivor in that my cancer was found at an early stage. Often lung cancer and other cancers are not discovered until they are in an advanced stage and treatment options are limited. I’m proof that cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With earlier detection and proper treatment, survivors can lead a “new normal” life - and even run a marathon!
I hope you will join me at the Marga - Relay - Ville 5K for the fun, music and prizes and to support cancer research through the American Cancer Society.”
My name is Roger Scott. I am a cancer survivor. I have been volunteering to fundraise for the American Cancer Society since 2003, well before I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012. I did this because of the number of people – loved ones, relatives, and friends – that I had seen be affected by this horrible disease. I lost a sister to breast cancer in 2001 – her death was brutal and really had an impact on me. I think that was the impetus for me to start volunteering.
I now work with a wonderful group of volunteers to plan, manage, and conduct an annual, themed 5k fun run in our hometown of Wake Forest, NC. – we call it Marga-RELAY-ville with a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville theme. As a part of our outreach to the world to support our event, I was asked to write a “Why I Run” article to be included on our website and sent out to local publications for distribution. So, here it is:
"Why I Don’t Run and What I do Instead”
As you can see from the picture to the left, I’m old, overweight, and much prefer the party side of the 5k! What you can’t see is that I have had both knees and my right hip replaced. Although I am partially bionic, I can’t run!! So, what do I do?? I run the Marga-RELAY-ville 5k each year along with that wonderful group of volunteers I mentioned previously. We conduct this event each year on the last Saturday in April specifically to raise money and contribute it to the American Cancer Society through the local Relay For Life event they conduct.
We started the Marga-RELAY-ville 5k event as part of the local Relay For Life event and quickly found it to be a very significant task. So much so that we decided to pull it from the Relay For Life and conduct it through a tax exempt, private corporation. 2017 is our 4th year conducting the event and we have great promise to raise over $10,000 this year to contribute to fighting cancer.
As a cancer survivor, I feel very fortunate. My cancer was found early and the treatment has worked wonderfully. I still have semi-annual “inspections”, but so far, so good. Previously, during a routine hernia repair, the surgeon asked if I had had a colonoscopy to which I replied “no, not yet.. why?”. His response got my attention. There were some “anomalies” that he noticed and said I should have a colonoscopy as soon as possible. I scheduled it right away and at the end of the colonoscopy, the doctor made this statement to me “I think I just saved your life today!”
There was a large growth at the end of my intestine which required surgery to remove. It was benign, but had it not been found and removed, it would have become cancerous and who knows where it would have gone from there.
That’s why I feel like I’m about as lucky as you can get, and why I “Run” the Marga-RELAY-ville 5k to “Kick Cancer to the Curb.”