LOGANSPORT — Laric “Tank” Wallace might have only spent five short years in this world, but the child had a smile that brought many others to smile and the eagerness to go to school that was unlike any his mother, Leonda, had seen.
“He always had a smile on his face,” she said. “He was ready to go to school at the age of 1.”
In February 2011, however, Laric began to complain of his head hurting constantly and he couldn’t keep much of his food down.
Doctors initially diagnosed him with the flu, but his mother knew something more was wrong. His equilibrium was off, and Leonda was insistent that physicians perform a CT scan.
On Feb. 28, 2011, Tank was diagnosed with cancer.
The 5-year-old will be among the hundreds honored for their courage in their battle with cancer this weekend during the 16th annual Relay for Life of Cass County.
More than 200 people are signed up, representing more than 30 teams for the relay, which begins Friday evening at the Pioneer High School track and field in Royal Center. This year’s theme is “Rainbow of Cancer.”
Money raised at the event will help fund cancer research, education programs and local patient services to support the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well and by finding cures and fighting back, according to a press release issued by the organization.
Promotions coordinator Debbie Birt is in her third year of being involved with the event. Birt said she lost a friend and a family member to cancer, and has some friends who are survivors.
She said the relay is little more than halfway to its goal of $72,000.
Past Relays have had a strong impact on those involved, she said, and this year should be no different.