Coming up short, but still fighting cancer

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By Moreland Jeff

I made a challenge for myself, and as badly as I hate to say it, I failed.

As Taylor County's annual Relay for Life event kicked off on Friday evening, I had set a goal for myself to walk 100 laps around the high school track to raise money in memory of my friend and co-worker, James Roberts, who died of cancer last year.

The money-raising efforts were supported by many of you, either in the form of a donated amount or in the form of a pledge made for each lap I walked.

When all was said and done, I completed 78 laps. It sounds like I was really close, but around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, I can tell you that cramping muscles and an aching back made me realize just how far away I still was from my goal.

As someone who has always thrived on pressure and a challenge, I often put both on myself, as was the case here. I normally don't give up until I achieve something I set my mind to accomplish, but common sense does come into place, no matter how badly we want to reach a goal. There comes a time when the smart thing to do for our health is to listen to our body, and that's what I had to do.

I want to take the time to thank everyone who donated and/or pledged toward my effort. I also want to thank the ladies from Amazon and Citizens Bank who walked with me to keep me motivated as the morning grew longer on Saturday. Without your support, I likely wouldn't have gotten as far as I did, and your company and conversation were greatly appreciated.

As someone who has lost loved ones, both family members and friends, as many of you have, I'm proud to be able to take part in Relay for Life, and I hope that together, our efforts can help find a way to continue to treat and eventually cure this dreaded disease.