This year when the City of Athens Relay for Life Team kicks off its annual bass fishing tournament on May 7, its members will have more than fishing and fundraising on their minds.
The team lost two members recently to cancer, Athens City Councilman Frank Travis and part-time Athens Police Department employee Kathy Cothren. In addition, a fellow employee’s daughter is battling cancer, team members lost loved ones to cancer and had loved ones fight cancer this year, and team members fought cancer themselves.
“The last email I sent the team about losing Kathy, it was hard to know what to say,” team captain Holly Hollman said.
She decided to share something she saw on display at the Southern Cancer Center of Huntsville when she took Kathy to her consultation for colon cancer. The display included words by L.R. Knost:
“Life is amazing.
And then it’s awful.