H54K: For students and staff at Westside High School, the Relay For Life is personal

H54K: For students and staff at Westside High School, the Relay For Life is personal

AUGUSTA (WFXG) - Cancer is a cause that touches the lives of countless Americans.

It’s a cause that’s moved a proud group of Westside High School students and their adviser into action.

They’re fundrasing for the Relay For Life at Westside High School in Richmond County.

Rebecca Schaele, a senior at Westside High School, said: “My mother suffers from two different types of cancer. I’m sorry. My mom is my world, and I know a lot of people with cancer. A lot of people in my family have it, so I know how it feels to be there for your loved one with cancer.

MiAsia Bajcsi, a senior at Westside High School, added: “I’ve dealt with cancer before with my family members. It runs in my family - my uncle, grandparents. It’s really harsh but it’s not the end.”

Lisa Cassetty, Relay for Life adviser at Westside High School, said: “My boyfriend is actually a lung cancer survivor. He was diagnosed six years ago, had a lung removed, but beat it, and had been cancer free for five years, and it actually has come back this year, but because of all the research they’ve been able to do he’s actually taking treatment with a drug called Keytruda.”

Taylor Waltower Winfrey, a senior at Westside High School, said: “I think if they can be positive, how can I not be positive? They help me because they always have smiles on their face. They’re always hopeful. They’re always looking for a better day.”

Chloe Tucker, a senior at Westside High School, added: “It takes a lot for people to come together and to see that, everyone focused on this one thing - walking together, standing as one, helping each other, giving them strength.”

"If you’re a loved one that is dealing with someone having cancer just be there for them, said Schaele. “Wrap your arms around them and make them want to do things.”

“For those who are battling - always look for the better days,” said Winfrey.

“Don’t give up the fight,” added Tucker.

“Thank you for the support,” said Bajcsi. “Thank you for being there. Thank you for not giving up.”

If you’d like to help in the fight for a cure, join WFXG FOX 54 News Now at the Relay For Life of Aiken County.

It’s all happening on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus on May 3, 2019 at 6 p.m.

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