Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Front Page

June 11, 2014

Unified effort again says no to cancer

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Unity and diversity came together in a big way as cancer survivors and supporters gathered for the annual Relay For Life event in Pauls Valley.

Survivors of all ages joined forces Friday night to take that first lap together officially opening the all night event at Wacker Park meant to raise money for cancer research.

The main idea was again to raise funding for the American Cancer Society in a national effort to boost the research needed to find a cure for cancer.

At the same time event participants made it clear they’re hoping to make a difference by honoring all survivors and remembering those lost to the deadly disease that’s touched so many lives.

Among the many survivors present were Pauls Valley minister Terry Clayton and his wife Darla.

For Terry his sixth bout with cancer, each time a different kind, is still ongoing as just last month he had a spot removed from his lung and is about to begin a series of chemotherapy treatments.

None of if has slowed him down in moving forward with his calling.

“I preached last Sunday,” Clayton said, referring to June 1. “I’ve only missed two Sundays in the pulpit.”

He was among the many survivors echoing the same feelings about the importance of an event like Relay For Life.

“It means everything to see everybody come together,” he said. “Everyone has got a story to tell. I thank the Lord for all the support I have.

“The American Cancer Society is a great organization that helps a lot of people.”

Along with other survivors Clayton urges everyone to take the “scans” and “do what the doctors tell you to do” as a way of staying healthy and catching cancer early.

“Early detection is how I survived,” Clayton added.

The very same message also came from Stephanie Hair, who many years ago worked at the Pauls Valley Democrat.

It was back in October 1999 when Hair was diagnosed with cervical cancer — just a few months after ovarian cancer was found in her own mother.

Cancer ultimately claimed Hair’s mom, but it was the early detection that has kept her cancer free ever since.

“An event like this is awesome,” Hair said about the Relay.

“It helps us recognize all the people who fight and are still fighting and remember all the people who have passed on because of cancer.

“It provides information to other people who are a part of this fight.”

Among those helping to hold the banner for the event’s opening lap was a cancer survivor on the younger side — 13-year-old Rodney Knowles Jr. of Wynnewood.

Knowles was actually born with a tumor on his head back in 2000. The tumor was removed but the cancer returned.

At two years old Knowles underwent leukemia treatments as today he gladly immerses himself in events like Relay For Life.

“I’m doing fine,” he said with smile. “Ever since May 2003 I’ve been perfect.”

The young teenager also believes the Relay has an important role to play for all the people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

“I think it helps the community realize what some people are going through,” Knowles said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Offering Prayer

Taking a moment to pray before the offering, First United Methodist Church Pastor Mark Watson shared some very good news about the kids who participated in their Vacation Bible School recently. The kids collected donations from their peers every evening managed to raise just short of $1,000 for clean water in India.

Sports
Obituaries
  • Luan Adams

    Luan Adams, 77, of Wynnewood was born Oct. 22, 1936 and passed away July 27, 2014.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sybil Leach

    Sybil Fern Leach of Wynnewood, Oklahoma was born to Al Bonnie and Donnie May (Boyd) Vanderburg on December 31, 1916 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and passed from this life on July 28, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 97 years.

    July 29, 2014

  • Eva L. Dickson Wright

    Eva L. Dickson Wright, passed away July 25, 2014 at her home in Purcell, Oklahoma at the age of 77 years.

    July 29, 2014

  • Francis Leona ‘Chock’ Rutledge

    Francis Leona “Chock” Rutledge, 94, of Lindsay was born Nov. 29, 1919 and passed away July 22, 2014 in Norman, Okla.

    July 25, 2014

Community News
State News
  • Purcell, Lex bridge ready for traffic

    A couple of area communities are likely feeling a collective sense of relief as a normally well traveled bridge is set to reopen this week.

    June 13, 2014

  • Robbery Suspect Search on after bank robbery

    A manhunt is on for a lone man who robbed a Pauls Valley bank early Monday afternoon.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

Business
Business Marquee
Entertainment Reviews
Hercules Poster

Poster for "Hercules," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Wisc. Twins Celebrate a Century of Laughter Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Bull Run Comes to Middle America Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City
Stocks