Friday, June 8 was the Relay for Life at the Shenendehowa High School’s Track field. Nick’s Round Table, a teen advisory group, was in charge of the Fight Back segment of the evening at 11:15pm. 25 teens were lined up the steps of the bleachers and one by one they held up a photo of a sibling, a friend, or a classmate who either lost their battle with cancer or was still fighting. The crowd was silent and attentive.
They spoke about what Nick’s Round Table does:
Awareness: Raises awareness about pediatric cancer.
Dignity: Members treat each other and kids with cancer with honor and respect.
Hope: They provide hope through comfort bags, birthday packs and cards to help kids feel special.
Healing: Promote healing by raising money to support families, update DVD’s and videogames to make their hospital stays more comfortable.
They explained what others can do to help someone with cancer:
Courage: Hold their hands, go to appointments with them, share your strength to help them get through each day.
Laughter: The best medicine. It’s a great distraction during treatment.
Respect: Treat kids with cancer like human beings. Have patience when they are having a hard time.
Strong: Be encouraging, optimistic. Don’t lose it in front of them, but it’s OK to cry.
Friend: Be a friend. Keep in touch. Listen. Be in the present moment when you are with them. Text. Watch a movie. Play a game. Be supportive.
|Members of Nick’s Round Table–The Fighting Dragons Team!|
Teens ranging from 6th-12th grade came up with these ideas. They empower other teens to fight against cancer, inspire adults to reach out and make a difference. They ease their own grief by giving to others.
Teens Helping Teens Fight Cancer. I am so proud of them and am confident that some day these teens will grow into compassionate adults who will conquer cancer once and for all.