Bradley County Comes Together

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Rep. Eric Watson
Rep. Eric Watson

This past weekend the citizens of Bradley County came together to give back in more ways than one.   From the 20th Anniversary Relay for Life at the Cleveland High School to the Oak Grove Ruritan Pancake Breakfast at Oak Grove Elementary School on Saturday morning, hundreds of participants gathered together to provide for the community.

Relay for Life is a family friendly event that not only brings awareness to cancer, but gives victory to the survivors and caregivers.  There is not one nongovernmental, not for profit organization, which has given more than the American Cancer Society has to find the source and treatment for cancer.   There are countless people that have been diagnosed or affected by this dreaded disease came together to do their part.  Hundreds laced up their shoes and walked in honor or memory of someone.  One of the most touching moments was the Survivor’s Lap when you see how many people within our community have won their battle, on the other hand, the Memory Lap makes you pause and reflect that there is more that needs to be done and we can start here in Cleveland. 

The Oak Grove Ruritan Club examines the needs of the community, then works to meet as many as possible.  Ruritan comes from two Latin words, “ruri” meaning open country, and “tan” meaning small town.  Their slogan, “Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service” embodies what the people of Cleveland are.   It was an honor to be a part of the Pancake Day at Oak Grove Elementary and to support the cause. When I spend time with those that do so much for our area, yet ask for nothing in return, it is truly a privilege to be a part of an organization.

Rep. Eric Watson


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