Relay For Life of Raleigh

Wake Forest Marga-Relay-ville 5K

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”

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. 2018 is our 5th year conducting the event and we have great promise to raise over $10,000 again 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.”

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Wake Forest Marga-Relay-ville 5K

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We’ve raised $10,984.13
Our Goal $1,000.00
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Our Event

Raleigh
Friday, May 17, 2019

Why We Relay

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”

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. 2018 is our 5th year conducting the event and we have great promise to raise over $10,000 again 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.”

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HOW FUNDRAISING IMPACTS YOUR COMMUNITY

Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

$410 million as of
august 2018

Funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants.

1.34 million in 2017

Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support.

Nearly
452 thousand in 2017

Nights of free lodging provided to patients at Hope Lodge® communities.

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Cancer has touched all of us in some way. And we want to stop this disease in its tracks. We'll spend the next few weeks fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Then, on the day of the event, we'll honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others.  

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