“We’ve really become like family,” said Linda Warren at the Relay for Life kickoff event.
Relay for Life kicked off May 30, at Paris Ford/Lincoln, welcoming the public to join together in a relay of hope.
“We’re always excited to be involved in our community and being able to not only host this event but be an event sponsor has been an honor for us,” said Marketing and Community Relations Manager Henry Shaw at Paris Ford/Lincoln.
This year, Lamar County Relay for Life is dedicated to Tammy Beazley, whose story began with Relay in 2002.
“My daughter started helping with Relay for Life in 2002 and she became very passionate about it,” said Beazley’s mother Linda Warren. “She dedicated many years of her life to Relay for Life and this year we are walking a lap in her name.”
Beazley was the event chair and coordinator for the Lamar County Relay for Life for many years. Though she didn’t have cancer, it was a passion of hers to make a difference in lives that had been impacted by it.
In 2016, Beazley’s life was changed forever when she was diagnosed with Colon Cancer at the age of 46. With two sons and a family supporting her, she began her fight.
In 2017, Beazley was the cancer survivor speaker at the Relay for Life event where she shared encouragement to everyone at the stadium that night.
“Live life like you’re living, not as if you’re dying,” said Beazley. “Don’t live sadly, wake up every day and find something you can do for others”, along with final words of wisdom imparted to her by her mother, “You are where you are today because that’s where God wants you.”
Beazley passed away from Colon Cancer in December 2017 at the age of 47.
Her legacy now lives on through family, friends and her extended Relay for Life family. A team in her honor (Tammy’s Fly Guys) walked at the Fannin County Relay for Life and now will walk again in Lamar County at the North Lamar stadium June, 8.
Carolyn Lockett, a longtime friend of Beazley’s, recalled many years of working as a team to coordinate the events over the years. As she shared about Beazley’s life, tears filled her eyes, and she carried on to explain how special the Relay family is to her.
“This year, I’m doing a lap for Tammy and everyone is invited to join,” said Lockett. “Relay for Life is about hope. It’s about family. It’s about the fight against cancer.”
Relay for Life brings people together to raise money that will go to the American Cancer Foundation. Warren reflected on a memory she had with her daughter as Beazley was receiving treatment; “I remember her getting chemo and looking around at everything in the room,” said Warren. “She was reminding me that all of what she sees had to be paid for, and she was grateful she was receiving the treatment that day. It’s events just like this, events that Tammy dedicated her life to, that make it possible.”
The Relay for Life event, will take place June 8, at R.L. Maddox Stadium, from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Follow eParisExtra.com for more information.
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