Relay for Life

Barbara Vey -- June 25th, 2011
My great nephew Austin joins the fight

My great nephew Austin joins the fight

Last night my family joined many others in the Relay for Life walk to help stamp out cancer.  As many of you know, my mom passed away of lung cancer last year just 4 months after diagnosis.  At Relay for Life, we walk a track from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.  During that time there are lots of activities and themes.  One lap you dress for a sport you love, one you wear pajamas and my favorite, when men wear dresses.  They carry purses and you put coins in them as they pass you.

The local news station stopped by and interviewed my sister, Lori and her daughter, Sarah, a cancer survivor.  Please watch the video (they don’t offer embedding, so click here) and take a moment to think of someone you know who’s life has been touch with this horrific disease.

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Bottom Line: Together we can all find a cure.

22 thoughts on “Relay for Life

  1. Kym Lucas

    Barbara,
    My daughter walked for our library team this year. I’m proud to say she was able to use my illness in a good way to raise $800 for ACS. They have been invaluable in providing information and services for me during my fight. It’s a great cause that I encourage everyone to support.

  2. Dana

    I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be introduced to Relay For Life by a caring associate who heard our family had a passing due to cancer. Remember to spread the word. Kim Lucas, I could only smile reading your post on how you used the ACS during your fight. That is my mission…to inform others of what is out there. The first cancer diagnosis in my family caught us off guard, now we know the many things offered. And I am happy to say, my family, is my committee on the South Shore, WI Relay that I chair.

    1. Barbara Vey Post author

      Dana, you did an amazing job setting up the rely. It was emotional, inspiring and a wonderful way to make money for a great cause. Kudos to your whole committee and volunteers.

  3. Judy Croome

    Lovely to read of how you honoured your Mom. My sister and her daughter are do the London Night Walk for Maggies Homes, who help people with cancer. My husband’s uncle currently has stage 4 lung cancer and my dear father in law passed away in April this year from leukemia. It’s hard for my husband as he lost his best friend of 35 years last year to brain cancer. Awful disease. But, on a positive note, my Mom in Law has fought off and survived two battles with breast cancer, so it’s not unbeatable! Do hope you raised lots of funds.

    Judy, South Africa

  4. Sandra Elzie

    My mother survived cancer for 8 years until it reared it’s ugly head again and took her. (Breast cancer)

    Thank you for being involved in such a worthy activity. Relay for Life raises awareness as well as money.

  5. Nancy Naigle

    Relay for Life is a wonderful cause and great way to bring heightened awareness to a terrible disease that deserves our attention. Sometimes it seems easier to ignore the bad stuff…but that doesn’t fix it.

    Say a prayer for those we’ve lost, those fighting the battle, and for research to help find a way to minimize future impacts.

    Hugs~

  6. Donna Marie Merritt

    My daughter has walked for Relay for Life for four years. I’m proud of her, especially since my husband went through cancer (peripheral T-cell lymphoma). He just passed his one-year, cancer-free anniversary! I was his caregiver 24/7 and I didn’t realize how emotionally and physically draining it would be. To cope, I wrote poetry. It was published as CANCER, A CAREGIVER’S VIEW by Avalon Press in April 2011. I won’t put the link here as I am not pushing the book. If someone would like to know more, I’d be happy to fill you in. (It is not available on Amazon; my publisher is too small to afford the deep discount they require.) My biggest hope is that people will donate copies to their local cancer centers/hospitals so that patients and their families can take the book free of charge. I want to support other families in some small way.

  7. Linda LaRoque

    It’s wonderful that you can all participate together. My mother-in-law lived just six weeks after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. I think part of the problem was the doctor she had in her small town. He didn’t jump on it fast enough. We brought her to live with us until she passed.

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