The American Cancer Society has selected Nevada Moss and Lucas Cronan as honorary chairs for this year’s Relay For Life of Newton County event, which will take place at The Church At Covington on April 29-30.
Nevada Moss was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, but has been involved in Relay for Life since 1994. She has taken the role of team member, team captain and member of the event leadership. Moss is involved in her church (Porterdale Baptist), the auxiliary at Piedmont Newton Hospital, and the Porterdale Woman’s Club. Along with these interests she also manages to work part time at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home. She has eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren that bring the great joy to her life. When asked her favorite song, she replied without hesitation, It is Well with my Soul. As for being an honorary chair, Moss said that she knows the struggles and pains of being a survivor, patient, and caregiver.
“I can relate to where they are and what they are feeling,” she said.
As someone that has the longest connection to our local event, Moss will represent the American Cancer Society mission to support and encourage other cancer survivors and caregivers.
On April 8, 2013, Lucas Cronan was diagnosed with JMML. JMML is a rare form of leukemia that affects mainly children under the age of 4. The only cure was a Bone Marrow Transplant. Lucas entered the hospital in June to begin many rounds of chemo to clean out all of his cells so he could get the Bone Marrow Transplant, which took place on July 2, the day after his first birthday. He was a sick little boy for nearly 6 months. Lucas is now three years out of his Bone Marrow Transplant. In January 2015 Lucas and his family were able to meet Lucas’ donor, Justin White. That was amazing! He loves preschool and playing outside with his friends. Lucas also enjoys fishing, drawing, reading, driving his gator, and playing in the dirt. L
ucas is one of the strongest and bravest kids we know. This amazing young man reminds us that cancer can strike at any age and further research is needed to eliminate this disease from attacking more innocent bodies.
“Here in Newton County, funds raised through our Relay For Life event are making an impact on so many lives,” Moss said. “Dollars raised fund groundbreaking cancer research, free information, and vital American Cancer Society programs and services that support those in our community facing a diagnosis.”
The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams raise funds in the months leading up to the event.
The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 917 registered participants along with 282 survivors, in the Relay For Life of Newton County raised $265,490.53.
For information about joining the event leadership team or participating in the event, visit relayforlife.org or contact Julie Jay at 706-543-2240 or email@example.com