Passionate People

THE FIGHT against cancer can be painful, heart-wrenching and costly. Treatment costs can be staggering.

One way patients and their families may receive monetary relief is through the goodness, compassion and generosity of the public. Relays for Life are a popular and effective way to raise money to help reduce the medical price tag that comes with cancer.

One community that champions the cause as well as any is Beallsville. The Blue Devils’ high school and elementary school are relentless in their fund-raising efforts for cancer patients.

The two schools staged their Mini Rally for Life Assembly Thursday. It was an event of celebration and love.

The schools achieved a new record, raising $31,200 in 2012. That amount is nothing short of amazing. When you factor in the size of the Beallsville community, it is simply unbelievable.

It doesn’t end there. The 2012 figure boosts Beallsville’s six-year campaign total to more than $114,000.

Such numbers speak volumes of the character and caring exhibited by residents of the Monroe County town. It also safe to say that, through such selfless efforts, countless individuals have been able to endure their health issues somewhat easier.

During the most recent Beallsville school assembly, three more patients were check recipients.

One of the those benefitting from Beallsville’s spirit of giving was one of our own here at The Times Leader. Sports writer Rich “Hoot” Gibson is waging a courageous battle against lymphoma, which was diagnosed this summer.

Gibson is a talented journalist and a true gentleman. He was blindsided by his affliction, like so many diagnosed with cancer are.

Gibson is appreciative of his monetary gift from the good people of Beallsville. But just as importantly, Gibson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support and compassion showered on him at the assembly.

We at the Times Leader commend the Blue Devil Nation of Beallsville for its truly remarkable spirit of goodwill as well as its love for those in need.