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Not Much Of A Ballplayer, But Lots Of Heart

It doesn't take a lot, really, to make a big difference in someone's life. Sometimes it's as simple as playing a game or taking a walk in the Relay for Life.

Larkspur-Corte Madera editor Derek Wilson writes a column called "Tick Tock..Time of My Life" that chronicles his days living with Stage 4 carcinoid cancer. Here's his latest entry.

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Closer Brian Wilson is out for the season so I'm warming up my arm for the San Francisco Giants. Do you think they can use a 40-year-old, out-of-shape guy with a glass shoulder?

Hmmmm, well, maybe I can be a bat boy.

In the meantime, I'll take the few diamond skills I have to Hill Middle School in Novato for a Relay for Life softball game on April 21, from 4-7 p.m. Feel free to stop by and cheer us on.

Sure, we're looking to get support and spread information about cancer and the Relay for Life, but we're also out there for a good time and I hope you'll join us.

It's going to be a busy day after helping folks plant free seeds at the Marin Country Mart farmers market on Saturday, but it's worth it.

Joining last year's Novato Relay for Life was one of the most memorable days I've ever enjoyed. We walked the track in fun outfits, danced to the music and encouraged each other. Tracy and I even received a special surprise — a delicious cake the day before our wedding.

I'm looking forward to another great Relay event this year July 28 at Novato's San Jose Middle School.

This is a chance to remember those we've lost and to keep their memories alive, but it's more than that. This is also a chance to celebrate life and to honor our friends and loved ones who support us.

There are opportunities in every community to raise funds for charities. It doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. It just takes a lot of love.

For more information on cancer and carcinoid cancer, consider these sites:

Carcinoid Cancer Foundation

Caring for Carcinoid Foundation

Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network

Carcinoid.com

Stanford Medicine Cancer Institute

Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles

Marin Cancer Institute

University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Jimmy V Foundation

American Cancer Society

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