The second annual Menifee Relay for Life, a charity event to raise money for cancer research, is in jeopardy of falling short of its goals, not just in fundraising, but in lack of participation.
Whanda Madrid, who is helping to coordinate this event, published a commentary in today's edition of The Californian...
I have volunteered my time to go door to door to the majority of the Menifee/Sun City business three times and no one has responded. I went to major department stores, small businesses, banks, dental offices, hair and nail salons, cleaners, flower shops, restaurants and elementary schools from along Newport Road.You can read her full commentary here...
The few volunteers helping to make this year successful are discouraged and disappointed by the lack of participation and donation.
What I wanted to ask readers here at Menifee 24/7, why they think people and businesses are not enthusiastic about this event.
- Has cancer not struck someone in your family?
- Will there never be a cure for cancer?
- Are we safe from cancer if we eat low fat and don't smoke?
I think that one problem is that we become numb to cancer's threats because cancer permeates everything in life. Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a report that oral sex increases your chances of throat cancer. There are reports that barbecuing hamburger produces far more cancer-causing agents than baking a meatloaf. I wouldn't be surprised if certain types of scented toilet paper will increase your chances of rectal cancer. It gets to the point where EVERYTHING causes cancer, and we resign ourselves to accept it.
I guess I'm one of the ones who dragged his feet on this charity event. I already had plans to be out of town that weekend, but I wrote Whanda and asked her about making a donation.
If you want to help out also, get ahold of Whanda at this web address...