Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 Written by JOEL E. MAST
The Psalmist walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death proclaiming God was his protector and provider.
Equally aware of God’s blessings and presence, Ed Wallace has decided to play through the valley, chipping out of the roughs of ongoing chemotherapy and sand traps of hearing again and again that the cancer remains.
“I know it may be hard for some to understand,” he said, “but I feel blessed it hasn’t affected me too badly. I’ve never gotten sick, I haven’t missed work and I can still get out to play golf.”
Casual observers would never know the 62-year-old Bellefontaine man has been battling colon cancer since 2011.
His smile shines bright and his handshake remains firm as he continues his fight.
Relay For Life events detailed below
He has maintained a decent level of fitness, albeit with more frequent rest breaks during yard work. He also avoided long recovery times in the hospital.
“I don’t know why chemo doesn’t affect me like it does others,” Mr. Wallace said. “I don’t know why I get through surgeries as successfully as I have, but I feel God is using me. He wants me to continue on this journey to bring hope to others.”
There was an initial surgery and follow-up visits found the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, liver and lungs.
Ed Wallace, an honorary co-chairman of this year’s Logan County Relay for Life, tees off during a recent round of golf. Mr. Wallace, 62, continues to battle cancer three years after an initial diagnosis. (PHOTO | COURTESY OF ED WALLACE)
Three more surgical procedures followed to attack the cancer along with an intensive five days a week for five weeks radiation regimen in 2012.
“My first thought wasn’t my health, at that time; it was thinking how much work I would miss, how much gas we would use and the wear and tear on our vehicle,” he said.
“But it was another step in the way and you have to take it.”
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Logan County Relay For Life
• Begins 6 p.m. Friday, concludes at noon Saturday, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.
• Survivors can register after 4:30 p.m. Friday.
• Logan County native Brittney Jones performs with her band, Outspoken, at 8 p.m. Friday.
• Vintage car and bike show kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, along with a K-9 demonstration, Razz-M-Tazz performance and a Dance Fuzion presentation.
• Pictures taken on the track every hour, with the Relay’s “dressed-up super hero” and patrons can be entered to win a prize pack valued at more than $200.
• Other giveaways include several guns through the AcuSport raffle, and an iPad or Kindle Fire for survivors in survivor bingo.
• Teams will offer a variety of food, activities and items for sale at their tents throughout the event.