Registered Nurse Miranda Sexton is the honorary chairperson for the 2013 New London Relay for Life event, taking place Friday, June 14 at the New London Middle/Intermediate School track.
A 10-year ovarian cancer survivor, Sexton is just 27 years old.
“I received my cancer diagnosis in 2003, after having my sports physical my junior year of high school,” explains Sexton. “It came as quite a shock since I was a healthy, active teenager and had zero symptoms. Ever since my diagnosis and the medical care that saved my life, I knew I wanted to give back and help others. I am now a Registered Nurse in New London and work in obstetrics; helping families welcome their new baby into the world.”
“My family is extremely important to me,” shares Sexton. “And you can typically find me doing something with one of them. One of our favorite past times is sports, especially baseball.” She grew up in Plover, Wisconsin, the daughter of Jerry and Lona Sexton. A younger brother, Cullen, completes the family.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society. Since the Cancer Society asks others to celebrate birthdays in their campaign against cancer, the local New London Relay for Life members voted for a ‘Happy Birthday’ theme to coincide with the 100-year milestone.
As most birthday parties go, there will be (fundraising) sweets to enjoy at nearly every campsite around the walking track. Cupcakes, cookies and bake sale goodies can follow you home as well. The United Methodist Mens food wagon, whose members donate a part of their proceeds to the local Relay for Life, will serve hot dogs, hamburgers and more.
A great way to support this cancer fundraiser is to come out and feed the family dinner, have some dessert, play birthday games with the kids, and bid on dozens of silent auction items. You are invited to walk the track to see the campsites, or buy a candle-lit luminaria bag (to be placed around the track with over a hundred more) for the annual silent reflection ceremony taking place from 9-10 p.m.
“Cancer has touched most of us in one way or another,” states Sexton. “Whether it’s personal, a family member or a friend.” Sexton encourages the public to attend this evening event to share in cancer community that supports all who have been affected.
Please join 16 teams as they walk to remember, celebrate and fight back against cancer. The Relay event begins at 6 p.m., Friday, June 14 at the New London Middle/Intermediate School track.