RACINE — “I am not dying of cancer, I am living with cancer,” said Lou Martin during the opening of the annual Southern Local Mini Relay for Life.
Martin addressed to crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members to kick-off the event on the Southern Football Field.
Martin, who was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, added that every day is a different battle.
Martin stated, one of the biggest inspirations in her personal battle with cancer is Carol Manuel, who lost her own battle with cancer a few years ago. She added that she too hoped to be an inspiration.
The Racine community recently hosted a “Laps For Lou” event to raise funds for Martin’s treatments, something Martin thanked the community greatly for.
Martin said that the community raised thousands of dollars with just five days to plan the event. “With hope and God all things are possible,” said Martin.
In closing, Martin said, “it costs nothing to give and priceless to have.”
Following Martin’s opening address, students from preschool to high school walked laps around the football field.
The field was lined with luminaries purchased in honor of those who are battling cancer or have battled cancer, and in memory of those lost to cancer.
Students at Southern raised over $300 for the American Cancer Society through the event.