Relay for Life of Roswell announces 2014 honorary co-chairs

Three Roswell cancer survivors share cancer stories

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ROSWELL, Ga. – Cancer never sleeps; cancer never goes on vacation. Cancer does not discriminate between the young and old, the rich or the poor. In 2014 alone, more 48,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Georgia.

This year, three individuals will be recognized as honorary co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Roswell, to be held on Saturday, April 26. Carlos Aurich, Rachel Buckner and Candy Schultz will serve as important ambassadors for the annual fundraising event and will play key roles in raising awareness.

Aurich, a first-grader at Northwood Elementary School, was diagnosed with leukemia in November of last year. His school has fielded a team in the Relay for Life of Roswell for many years, and has played a major role in the event’s success.

“With this team behind him, I know Carlos will thrive and give cancer the boot it so rightly deserves,” said event co-chair Katha Stuart. Aurich will be joined at this year’s event by his parents, Carlos and Patricia, and his sister, Maria.

Buckner was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) this past August and is also currently undergoing treatment. She a fourth-grader at Roswell North Elementary School and has been “adopted” by the Roswell High School football team and many others in the community. Recently, Buckner had a complete room renovation provided by the nonprofit organization Sunshine on a Ranney Day. She will be joined at Relay for Life of Roswell by her parents, Scott and Cassi, and her sister, Caroline.

As assistant to Principal Jerome Huff at Roswell High School, Schulze faces many challenges each week, but none so difficult as her fight with cancer. Schulze was diagnosed with stage three invasive carcinoma breast cancer in November 1992. She credits her survival to her treatment, as well as the love and support from those around her.

“As I look back, my memories always draw me to the love and support I received from my husband, my family and dear friends,” Schulze said. “I firmly believe my 21 years of survival is due to the intensive treatment I received from my oncologist in New Jersey at the time, and am so thankful my body was able to tolerate the treatment. I am very thankful for all these years of being cancer free and take each day as a gift.”

Event organizers are very excited about all three co-chairs and their willingness to raise awareness and share their experiences.

“Carlos, Rachel and Candy are three amazing individuals, and we are so blessed to have them be a part of this year’s event,” said Stuart. “The Relay for Life of Roswell is extremely lucky to have such amazing continued support from our community as well.”

All three honorary chairs will help launch the event during the opening ceremonies at Roswell High School beginning this year at a new time: noon on Saturday until midnight Sunday, April 27. All members of the community and surrounding areas are welcome to participate in the day’s activities, which include music, food and family-friendly entertainment.

For more information about Relay for Life of Roswell and how you can participate or support the event, please visit www.relayforlife.org/roswellga or email roswellrelay@gmail.com.

RN 04-24-14