Last Thursday and Friday were very busy days for me. Remember me talking about volunteering with Relay for Life here in my local area? Well, everything kicked off on Thursday with a Cancer Survivor’s Dinner. Friday was the actual Relay for Life event, which started at 7PM and ended on Saturday morning at 7AM.
Relay for Life gives persons in a community a way to fight back against cancer. The event occurs throughout the night to signify that cancer never sleeps. Teams gather at a local track and agree to have at least one team member walking or running on the track at all times during the event. This event is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. There were several ceremonies that took place during this 12 hour event.
The Luminaria Ceremony of Hope was very touching for me. There were many candle lit bags lined around the track in honor of many people that have fought against cancer. I bought one in honor of my Aunt Doll.
This is what it looked like when it was lit.
Here is what the track looked like during the Luminaria Ceremony of Hope.
My husband and son came out to support me and the event. I was very surprised that my son lasted until midnight! His bedtime is usually between 8:00PM and 8:30PM, so it was way past his bedtime! I think that was the latest he ever stayed up, but it was for a good cause. He walked and ran around the track many times that night and brought joy to many people that saw him there!
Next year, I plan to start a team and get more involved on the fundraising side. I encourage you to take part in a Relay for Life event in your area.
Help fight back against cancer!
Here is a link for you to find a Relay for Life event near you! http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/findevent