Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a unique event that raises awareness and funds to fight cancer.  This post may get a little long, so if you already know about Relay and want to sign up to join my team or to help by making a donation, feel free to skip the rest of this post and just go HERE to help!  If you’d like to know more about the amazing event we call Relay, please read on!

Relay for Life is an overnight event.  It begins with a survivor lap.

This is me at my first, just 3 months after my kidney surgery…

Look how little my babies were!

After the survivor lap, teams take turns walking the track relay-style.  The more teammates, the better!  Someone from your team has to be on the track ALL night.  The walk represents the walk of a cancer patient.  In the beginning, you have a fighting zeal… at 3:00 AM in the midst of things, not so much… the road of a cancer patient is hard… but at dawn, you see the light and you emerge, exhausted but triumphant!

Relay is a family affair.  Teams pitch tents and hang out around the track.  When is the last time you just “hung out”?

At 9:00 PM they have a luminary ceremony.  The track is lined with luminary bags, each purchased with a small donation.  Each bag sports a name in honor or in memory of someone who has fought cancer.  At 9:00, these bags are lit and a list of names is read over the loud speaker.  It’s a very humbling experience.

Especially when you spot  your name, or the names of your loved ones.

Throughout the night, we eat lots of munchies and play games to pass the time.

There is vollyball…

Midnight Aerobics…

Kids Activities and more…

All while people still walk the track…

You do what you gotta do to get through the night…

You never know what you might see…

The community and fight against cancer is so worth it all!!

Won’t you join me??  What I need most right now is members to join our team, the Memory Makers, in our Relay for Life event.  If you don’t feel like you can stay all night, that’s okay!  We’ll give you an early time slot to walk!  The more the merrier.  If you can stay all night, even better!  You’ll be amazed how well you get to know someone in the wee hours of the morning!  Our team always has great snacks & food to keep us going, and other booths at Relay do some yummy fundraisers!  If you don’t live in the area, or just can’t see yourself walking a few laps around the track (leisurely — this is not a race!), then you can help in another way… Donate!  All money donated to the American Cancer Society goes directly to Cancer Research.  It’s an awesome cause.  Oh, and this  year’s Relay is April 27th.  The survivor lap begins at 6:30 at Dawson High School in Pearland.

Please visit my Relay for Life Page to join our team or to give a monetary donation.  And THANK YOU for helping us FIGHT BACK against Cancer!

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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One Response to Relay for Life

  1. Mim February 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Lydia and I have participated in 4 out of the past 5 years of Relay in our community. We always walk at night-usually taking the 11PM- 3AM shift with a few of my co-workers.

    One of the fun things that a group did was to sell cording and each lap we did you added a bead.

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