Relay For Life Volunteer Shares Why He Got Involved

June 14, 2013

Peadar Little lost both of his parents to cancer, who died at ages 51 and 52. Just five years after their deaths, Little found out that his three-year-old son, Ronan, had a rare brain tumor.

"You're not sure what the prognosis is. You hear some of what's been told to you, but you don't want to hear all of it, or you fail to hear all of it," said Little.

However, his son would not share the same fate as his parents.

"Although we did have to witness the deaths of our parents, we then turned around within five years of my mother's death and witnessed the fact that our son, who had a very difficult brain tumor, was going to be saved by the type of medication that was available," said Little.

Medical advancement that Little and his son credit to the American Cancer Society, and the money brought in by Relay For Life.

"Anything that is bad for the human body always has an antidote," said Ronan Little, who is now 27 years old. "They all have an antidote. We just haven't figured it out for cancer yet, and I think the Relay For Life is helping them get closer and closer and closer."

Since his son's recovery, Peadar Little has helped bring Relay For Life to the Charlottesville area for the last 18 years.

It will be starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Albemarle High School. The nearly 40 teams registered will walk the track until Sunday morning.

For more information about the event, head to Relay For Life's website by clicking on this link.

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