“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.” — Jim Valvano

In one of the greatest, most emotionally draining speeches ever given, college basketball coach Jim Valvano summed up his fight against the dreaded disease known as cancer with those words. He ended that speech with a motto that sustained him — and should sustain every person fighting against the ravages of cancer.

“Don’t give up… don’t ever give up.”

That is the message we convey to those in the Free State — and around the world — who are fighting that disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in today’s edition, we — along with our generous advertisers — show our support for those suffering from breast cancer. We mourn those who have lost the fight. We stand behind those who are in the middle of that fight. We pray for those who will be diagnosed. We cry for a cure.

We honor your fight, your courage and your steadfast desire to beat this disease. The pink we wear symbolizes our commitment to fighting this fight with you. 

Those who have pledged their support in these pages — in Section C, pages 1-4 — stand with you. Now we ask you to stand with them by showing appreciation for their dedication. Visit their businesses and thank them for the support for beating this disease.

One day, God willing, there will be a cure for cancer in all forms. That cure will be a testament to the fighting spirit of all those affected. It will be a team effort.

But rest assured, as you fight this fight, you are not alone. 

Together, we will beat this. 

Just don’t give up.

Don’t ever give up.

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