By JENNIFER WADE
Robin Slate recalls a Christmas memory when she was 12 years old and found tickets to an Alabama concert in her stocking. Alabama was her favorite group and the tickets were from her parents. Now, nearly three decades later, both her parents are gone, victims of cancer.
Through her grief, Slate has found a way to bond with others and share a common goal: find a cure for cancer. She and 12 friends have formed the Relay for Life team, Angels Among Us. In the group there are three cancer survivors. The other nine have felt the grief of loss that can come with the diagnosis of cancer.
When asked about the meaning of the team name, Slate mentioned that she felt it represented the loved ones she and her friends had lost. She talked about the loss of her father nine years ago to colon cancer and how her mother died of breast cancer on May 18, 2013, just one day after Slate’s brother’s birthday.
Angels Among Us has planned a fundraiser for Relay for Life on Thursday, June 19 at the Pulaski Pizza Hut from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, Pizza Hut will donate 10 percent of all sales to the American Cancer Society. In addition, the team members of Angels Among Us will be the waitstaff. Any tips they receive will also go to American Cancer Society. A bake sale will be set up on the buffet line and a donation jar will be displayed as well.
To quote from the Alabama song, Angels Among Us, “I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live, teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love.” This is how Slate remembers her parents and why she teams with Relay for Life to help find a cure.