Friday, June 11, 2010

Relay for Life


Through the years I have volunteered for a variety of different causes, Red Cross, Diabetes Foundation, Heart and Stroke. There is one however that for me has been the most personal and close to my heart and that is the Cdn Cancer Society. I am a cancer survivor of some 36 years now, and also lost my beautiful mother, early last year to pancreatic cancer, and my father in 1988, to Colon Cancer. My niece is also a survivor of childhood leukemia. While I am very grateful to be alive and healthy, losing someone who means the world to you and in such a short period of time, has been devastating to say the least and really rocked my belief system there for awhile. You are just never prepared for this (cancer) no matter how many times you've experienced it.

This year, and actually today, I will be taking part in our local region's annual event for the Cdn Cancer Society's Relay for Life, as a volunteer rather than participant this time as the need is particularly great. This event and others like it, are happening all over the world at this time and it is really great to see the efforts being made in the name of cancer.

One of the most profound and special moments of the event is when luminaries are lit just as day is turning to night. Luminaries are purchased and ligned up as far as the eye can see, and are all marked with the names of loved ones who have passed, who have survived and/or are still fighting the good fight. It is truly a sight to behold. Of course, I will be purchasing a few for mom and dad, my grandfather and one for myself.

It's going to be a long night for those who will walk again for cancer, but all is not doom, gloom and sadness. There is also a lot of laughter and fun things to keep things light. Seeing all of the teams in their crazy theme costumes parade passed the crowd, always brings a smile. This year's theme is Las Vegas so I fully expect to see Elvis there, maybe Frank, Dean and Sammy too. Should be interesting! :)

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