Relay for Life captain volunteers for daughter, patients

Around Western BaptistThe American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life has always held a special place in my heart.

I am co-captain of my church’s Relay for Life team this year, and I’ve proudly watched my mother, a cancer survivor, walk the Survivor Lap for many years.

It’s the meaning behind the event that inspired Jason Heilig to step up as captain of the Western Baptist Hospital Relay for Life team this year.

Heilig, a radiation therapy technician, has worked nine years in Western Baptist’s nationally-accredited Center for Cancer Care. Compassion for his patients influenced his decision to volunteer.

“What I have found through the years is that this is not so much a job, as it is a calling,” Heilig said. “The best explanation I can give for why I do what I do is rooted in 1 Corinthians 13:13,

‘So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’

I have faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, hope that every day will be better than the one before and love for each person I meet.”

Relay Team Captain Jason Heilig and daughter AlliHeilig has another inspiration at home – his 6-year-old daughter, Alli, a first grader at Christian Fellowship School in Draffenville.

“Alli was diagnosed at 3 months old with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, but last year she was declared to be cured of her cancer,” he said. “She is a reminder every day of why I have been called to do this and why I answer that call.”

The McCracken County Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 11-12 at Carson Park in Paducah.

“As the captain of Western Baptist’s Relay for Life team, I want to challenge each person to answer the call and stand up for those who are battling cancer, those who have battled cancer and those who will battle cancer in the future,” Heilig said. “Show the community that they do not have to face this alone and that we will take this journey with them every step of the way.”

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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