Cancer patients, survivors, victims to be celebrated at Wilbraham community Relay for Life
"Cancer can hit any of us, whether we are women, men, black, white, children, any age . and we will all feel the same way," he said. "We must do more to fight this dreaded disease."
He invited area cancer survivors to register for the relay and join him in walking the opening survivor's lap, and then sit down and share a meal with others who have walked the same road from diagnosis to recovery.
"We sit down with people who have had the same problem and share . A lot of people become great friends," he said. "You don't feel you're so alone. We [cancer survivors] are a great big family."
The survivor's lap will be followed by a caregiver's walk, a birthday party celebration, a luminaries ceremony to remember those who lost their fight with cancer, and many more events.
"Every hour we have a program," Hamdani said. "It's great to see people coming together [to fight this disease.]
He also praised WMA and its students for taking a leading role in organizing the annual Relay for Life, which last year raised $95,000 for cancer research.
"We call it the Wilbraham Relay but we have many more people from almost every country of the world because [the academy] has kids from all over," Hamdani said. "I call it the United Nations Relay."
And he's very proud to be a part of the community's fundraisng to fight cancer.
"We're raising money for the people who are not as fortunate as me, who had good health insurance and good family support and good friend support," Hamdani said. "We can help them through this endeavor."
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