Tree of LIfe to help in the fight against cancer

Thomas Garcia

Members of the Quay County Relay For Life and Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca unveiled the “Tree of Life” Thursday afternoon at City Hall.

“This is a good way to make people aware that this disease is affecting people in Quay County,” Apodaca said. “Cancer is a dreadful disease that can strike anyone. This tree will help us to recognize those people in Quay County that have had to fight this illness.”

The pine trees located in front of City Hall will have golden ornaments placed on them for Quay County cancer survivors and non-survivors, said Amy Sandoval, Quay County Relay For Life, co-chair.

“These ornaments are special made for $15,” Sandoval said. “All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. This is one of
the many fundraisers that the Relay For Life does here in Quay County.”

Sandoval said that there will also be white lights decorating the trees.

“The significance of these ornaments is to recognize the struggle and bravery of the survivors, non-survivors and their family in battling against cancer,” Sandoval said.

Apodaca said that he will be speaking on Jan. 17 at Mesalands Community College about the effects that cancer can have on families and loved ones.

“I have experienced this feeling myself,” Apodaca said. “I have had family members become ill and die from the disease and that is very hard.”