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Last week I was disgusted as I read through the entire issue of the Public Spirit to find no article and no pictures from the Relay for Life.

My husband told me to be patient and wait another week. I disputed every excuse he came up with for why it may not have been in last week’s edition, but I decided I would wait one more week before writing you a letter. I was once again frustrated and dismayed as I read through the July 6 issue only to find the coverage lacking again.

The Relay for Life is an amazing community experience. I have no idea the final numbers of how many teams and individuals participated nor do I know exactly how much money was raised. I do, however, know that thousands of people came together to remember and to hope and to raise tens of thousands of dollars to find a cure. People from all walks of life, people from several neighboring communities, children, adults, grandparents, survivors, cancer patients, family members and friends all together despite the weather to raise money and awareness as we search for a cure.

The Relay for Life is an amazing community experience. I have no idea the final numbers of how many teams and individuals participated nor do I know exactly how much money was raised. I do, however, know that thousands of people came together to remember and to hope and to raise tens of thousands of dollars to find a cure. People from all walks of life, people from several neighboring communities, children, adults, grandparents, survivors, cancer patients, family members and friends all together despite the weather to raise money and awareness as we search for a cure.

There are many wonderful moments during the Relay. Some of the highlights include the survivor lap and the speeches, the luminary ceremony, the hundreds of torches and luminary bags that light the track and represent the hope for our future. This year one of the children of our community gave a very powerful talk of her battles and her triumphs. To see the many, many children as they walk in memory of a loved one, in honor of a family member and in hope for a cure is incredibly overwhelming. These are our children and this is their future.

Personally, I find that newsworthy. I understand that we may be too far from Boston to get the coverage from any of the big news stations or the major newspapers, but I sincerely thought that our local paper would provide adequate coverage of such a meaningful community event. This was the eighth year for the Relay. I certainly hope that the Public Spirit will mark their calendar now to make sure that the ninth anniversary of the Ayer Relay for Life is a front-page story. It is truly worth the print.

KERRY BREMER

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