Tuesday September 02, 2014
Valley Citizen
Valley Photos
Rally for the Relay
March 13, 2013

Local team plans to Pay It Forward

Susan Foster shares a laugh with her granddaughter Lilee Andrus on Tuesday. Foster is a first time particapant in the Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and plans to walk the event with Lilee and the rest of her friends and family. Photo by Jeannette Boner

Sometimes life forces you to take a stand. And for Susan Foster, that moment came this year after a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I’ve never gotten active in any cause,” Foster said. “It’s time to stand up for something. When I found out that my best friend had cancer, I didn’t want to sit idle anymore.”

Foster’s cause is the American Cancer Society. Her mission is to complete her first Relay for Life this summer in Rexburg. Her passion remains her friends and family members who have bravely fought against cancer.

Her friend Christy James, who participated in the Relay for Life event last year, will join Foster. Together they make up the team “Pay It Forward,” a name they chose hoping to inspire others to do the same.

“Pay it forward means that I need to pay it forward too,” said Foster. “Because those who had cancer have given all that they can give. I need to do something today should I be the one with cancer tomorrow.”

Foster will be remembering those who she and her family have lost over the years to cancer, particularly her sister-in-law and her older brother. There will be five generations of Foster’s family participating in the Relay for Life on June 21, including her mother and 6-year-old granddaughter Lilee Andrus.

Relay For Life events are the flagship fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. According to the web site, www.relayforlife.org, every year, the Relay For Life movement raises more than $400 million. The American Cancer Society puts these donations to work, investing in research in every type of cancer and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers.

According to the web site, Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground. Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

“This is bigger than I thought,” said Foster of the actual event. “I’m just going to start walking and build up my strength.”

Pay It Forward has raised $300 of their $1,500 goal. The Rexburg Relay for Life includes participants from Teton, Madison and Fremont Counties. Thus far, Pay It Forward is the top fundraising team. The Rexburg Relay for Life currently has 28 teams participating and has raised more than $5,000 to date.

And if you would like to give to the team, you may do so at www.relay.acsevents.org or contact Foster at 351-4371.

“As my dad always said, ‘It takes strength to have courage and courage to have strength.’ You can’t have one without the other.”



valley citizen.com


TVHC Comm Health 2014