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Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Walk in the Park

We are quickly approaching the annual "Relay for Life," the fund-raising, awareness-raising event for cancer survivors, their friends and families, and the care-givers who make their lives better.For those who have never experienced one of these, please take time this year to seek one out and contribute.
They really do it right in our town. We meet at the High School track, and gather into teams. Each team has its own spot in the field, and many teams sell everything from food to trinkets to raffle tickets. Last year, they raffled off a high-powered carbon fiber rifle. Very expensive.
They begin by having all cancer survivors walk once around the track, then they are joined by family, care-givers, etc., until everyone is on the track. This all takes place in complete silence. Then, for the remainder of the night. each team must keep at least one person on the track. Some participants walk ALL NIGHT, putting in several miles worth of effort.
All proceeds from the night go to cancer research. Last year, our little town raised over $26,000.00 by itself. It is a very touching experience. Here is a photo from last year that I found particularly moving. I can't wait to see what they do this year.
Again, even if your life has not been touched by cancer in some way (though few of us can say that anymore), join in a walk this year, and make a difference.


Delirious said...

Our city does this too. They sell "luminaries" to make money too. A luminary is a paper bag with a candle inside. On the outside of the bag you can have written the name of a person who survived cancer, died of cancer, or who is currently fighting cancer. I walked one year, but I joined a team that didn't have a sponsor, but were just walking in "remembrance". I guess I'm too pragmatic because that wasn't worth the walk for me. lol

Inklings said...

Our cousin's daughters walked for our mother here last year, had t-shirts with her name on them. I didn't know about it until it was all over with, though. Actually, now that I think about it, I was at Mom's house taking care of her when they did that. It was right after her 2nd cancer surgery. They called Mom to tell her they did that.