Relay for Life is not a teen hangout or babysitting service

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 2, 2010

This was my first year as a cancer survivor. From the moment I awoke after my mastectomy I was determined to walk the survivor lap at American Cancer Society Relay for Life last Friday night, and I did. However, instead of staying and enjoying the festivities, my husband and I left because of the potty-mouthed, deviant-looking, suspicious-smelling clusters of kids blocking entrances, hanging around and making things miserable for us.

We saw the pattern developing at 8 and left. I was disappointed, but not at all surprised that Relay was ended early. I also think it was a good decision.

It sickens me, more than cancer or chemo, the total disrespect these kids have for cancer patients, their supporters and their families. What’s worse are the parents who allow such disrespect!

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Relay for Life is not a teen hangout or a babysitting service! I do know that there were some very well -behaved, wonderful kids with good hearts who do not deserve my comments. To them and their parents, I appreciate all your efforts.

I know I will not be back at Vicksburg’s relay until the problem with the lewd, disrespectful people — both children and their parents — is resolved. I will go to other towns to participate in their events before I go to another one here.

Squeekie Waters