By Ida Brown / email@example.com
The Meridian Star
As cancer survivors, Wink and Lanelle Glover take every opportunity to inform others on the importance of awareness.
"Being informed about cancer can lead to early detection – and that's the key that could save your life," Lanelle Glover said.
Now the Meridian couple have an even broader platform to send that message. The Glovers are the 2013 honorary survivor chairs for the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser Relay For Life, as announced during a press conference Friday at Mississippi Electric Power Company auditorium.
Although deeply humbled and honored to have been chosen for the distinction, Glover jokingly notes that it's kind of a "back-sided deal."
"You hate to qualify, because that means you've had cancer," she said. "But we are very honored to tell our story, and hopefully influence somebody – or anybody or everybody – to take care of themselves," she said.
Glover was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.
Her husband, Wink, was diagnosed with prostate cancer 20 years ago. However, questionable tests in summer 2012 resulted in him having to undergo 38 radiation treatments.
"You never can quit looking and being aware of what's going on," said Lanelle Glover, who is now cancer-free from her own battle with the disease.
The couple are longtime supporters of Relay For Life.
"There's been a lot of cancer in my family, going back when there was no such thing as early detection," she said. "Of course, way back then it was like a death sentence. But because of Relay, we've come so far – not only with money for research, but also with awareness of what we need to do."
Relay For Life of Lauderdale County raised more than $330,000 at last year’s event and is recognized as the No.1 Relay event in the state of Mississippi, the No. 8 Relay event in the Mid-South division of the American Cancer Society and in the Top Ten Relay events per capita in the United States. The event supports the American Cancer Society research, advocacy, education and patient support programs.
Also revealed at the press conference was the 2013 Relay For Life T-shirt.
Platinum level sponsors for the event are A & B Electric, Citizen’s National Bank, McDonald’s of Meridian, Mississippi Power Company and Structural Steel.
Gold level sponsors are Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Scott Anderson and Meridian Oncology Associates.
Silver level sponsors are Calvary Baptist Church, Meridian Catholic Community, Northeast High School, One Life America and Till-Newell Animal Hospital.
Bronze level sponsors are East Mississippi Electric Power Association, First Assembly of Meridian, First State Bank, Glass Inc., Jacque & Michael Longmeier, Magnolia Beverage, Meridian Coca-Cola, Mitchell Companies, Southern Pipe, The Citizen’s Bank, Vital Care, Winn-Dixie and the family of John Melton McDonnell.
Purple Friends of Relay are Van Zyverdan, J.W. & Betty Lou Jones and Wayne & Cathy Raley.
In-kind sponsors include WTOK – TV, The Meridian Family of Stations, The Meridian Star, New South Communications, The Radio People, WMOX Radio, WMER Radio, WEXR Radio, Premier Outdoor Signs, Leading Edges, Brown Printing, Budget Printing and Hamasa Shriners.
"We're excited and are looking forward to the night of Relay to walk with the survivors and celebrate," Lanelle Glover said. "Although the main objective is to raise money for research and treatments and to increase public awareness about cancer, but Relay is also such a happy time with everybody in the community coming together for a common cause."