As part of her Graduation Project, Elkin High School student Taylor McKnight is gathering a Relay for Life team to walk on June 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight. McKnight hopes to learn how to be the “best captain and leader” for her team, but the inspiration for the project comes from her own experience as a cancer survivor.
As a small child, McKnight developed alveolar soft part sarcoma. It is a rare type of cancer untreatable through radiation or chemotherapy. McKnight credits a higher power for her health today. “Without God, I wouldn’t be alive on this Earth.”
Through being sick, McKnight learned a great deal about life. “I learned I should not take life for granted, and that I should always fight against any trial or tribulation thrown my way.”
With the help of her mentor, Melissa Hiatt, Relay for Life director, McKnight hopes to raise $3,000 for cancer research. Although only five people have signed up to join her team so far, she is hoping more will join as the word gets out. To join her team, McKnight must have a $2 donation and contact information. Then, McKnight or her mentor will enter the person’s name as a team member.
Whatever the amount of money raised, McKnight is certain it is for a good cause. She would like to support others in their struggle with cancer. “I would tell [people with cancer] to continue to fight and never give up. I would also tell them to never be afraid to ask for help because they are not alone in the battle.”
Katie Beard is a member of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.