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Our thoughts... Cancer
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"If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell"

~Lance Armstrong

There is one disease that probably has in one way or another affected the family of every reader or advertiser of our paper.

It can strike in so many ways, and the pain it causes is at times unbearable and only calmed by massive doses of drugs.

The anguish that it causes family members who have to watch helplessly while their loved one literally is tormented to their sometimes early death is rarely ever forgotten.

That disease is cancer. It affects men, women and children, and it has no respect for age. Fortunately, there has been a growing awareness of the brutality and finality of this disease recently.

We believe that this disease can be controlled. Unfortunately it takes money for research — and there have been some breakthroughs because of this research — but those breakthroughs have been miniscule in proportion to the magnitude of the disease.

Over the next two months, we are going to devote as much space as possible to success stories in dealing with all kinds of cancer. We hope you might share your personal experiences; by doing so, you might give someone the encouragement to keep fighting.

Starting today, you can upload your stories on to We will run stories from this site in our paper, and if you don’t have the resources to do that, you can e-mail your story to us at or drop your story off at our office.

Our ad advisers will be working with our advertisers on developing special ads, and a donation will be made directly to a nonprofit cancer organization in our county for every advertisement purchased. Our Circulation Department will be offering special rates with a portion of the subscription going to the same organization. This group (or groups) has not been decided, but we will let you know what group has been selected as soon as we have made that decision.

If you have any suggestions, send them to our General Manager at

At the end of October, we will run special pages thanking personally every group or organization that helped in any way to raise awareness or to raise money to help find a cure for this disease.

September is a month set aside to bring awareness to Prostate Cancer. The color used with this cancer awareness project is blue

We also realize that pink is the color used to raise awareness for Breast Cancer, and October is nationally known as Breast Cancer awareness month. It is, in fact, the 25th year of this program.

We are going to run our banner in blue for the month of September and pink for the month of October. We hope this will remind our readers weekly that we are literally in the fight for our lives and our families lives also.

Beating cancer of any kind is a goal that can be reached with your help, prayers and determination. We have confidence with your prayers that cancer can not only be beaten, but eradicated in our lifetime.