MARYVILLE (WATE) – Whether it’s your mother, father, daughter, son, grandma, uncle or a friend, cancer touches the lives of so many people. Two women are working to put an end to the fight against cancer the only way they know how.
“The cancer patients can’t always fight because they’re fighting their own battle. So we can get out here, and we can try to raise money and spend our time trying to make a difference in the world for these people,” said Linda Cline.
Having never battled cancer herself, Cline is raising awareness about childhood cancer in honor of her dear friend Stephanie Webb and Stephanie’s son Trayson who died from cancer when he was only 13.
“We are sad. We miss him every single day,” said Cline.
She’s not alone. Her best friend since high school Debbie Vickery is joining in the fight.
“I want us to remember friends and family lost to cancer,” said Vickery.
Trayson was diagnosed in July 2008 with a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After his first round of chemotherapy, things were looking up.
“He would go through chemo treatments and then go to a baseball game,” said Cline.
However, in December 2009, the cancer was back.
“He was irritated that he was in the bed and not feeling well,” said Cline. “He didn’t let it stop him. He was full of life.”
Trayson died in April 2010, just one week before his 14th birthday.
Now four years later, the year he would have turned 18 and graduated from Maryville High School, family and friends are celebrating his life, while at the same time helping other people.
The team “Pacin’ for Trayson” is just one of 36 teams that will be at Maryville College Friday night for Blount County’s Relay for Fife.
Cline and Vickery will hit the track, not just for Trayson but others close to them as well.
There are several ways you can help in the fight against cancer.
More online: Relay for Life 2014
This weekend you are invited to come out to Relay for Life events happening in Sevier County, Hamblen County and Blount County.
More online: 6 On Your Side Day of Service
We here at 6 News will be out at the Blount County event as part of our 6 On Your Side Day of Service, but if you can’t make it out to these events you can always donate your time or money.