Letter to the Editor

Giving credit correctly

Sunday, June 5, 2011

To the Editor:

This is a letter about "Race for the Cure."

"Race for the Cure" was established by Nancy Brinker, Dallas, Texas, in memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36 in a Houston, Texas, hospital.

This happened in 1980.

Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977 at the age of 33.

However, contrary to what some people believe, Nancy Brinker was not the one who established "Relay For Life."

"Relay For Life" was established by Dr. Gordy Klatt, Tacoma, Wash., for his local "ACS" office.

He encouraged teams of volunteers to run relays for cancer locally. Soon, it caught on around the country.

The year was 1985. The month was May.

So, why can't the "ACS" give credit where credit is due?

The "ACS" needs to let the people know that Dr. Gordy Klatt is the one who established "Relay For Life" and not Nancy Brinker.

Yes, Brinker established "Race for the Cure" and the Susan G. Komen Charity Foundation.

"Relay For Life" was established by Dr. Gordy Klatt.

I would like to thank Jason Moon for publishing my letters. Unlike some places, at he least he gives it a chance.

When I write again, it will be about tobacco, etc.

Until next time, if you can't be nice to everyone, be nice to someone.

John Weddle,