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Relay for Life captain volunteers for daughter, patients

Baptist Health Paducah radiation therapy technician Jason Heilig has more than one good reason to captain the hospital’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life team.

Heilig has worked nine years in Baptist Health Paducah’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.”

Heilig 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 Baptist Health Paducah’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.”

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