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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:55 am    Post subject: Relay For Life! Reply with quote

I spent all yesterday and today doing the thing I've looked forward to all summer: The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life!

This was my first year ever doing the Relay, and I had so much fun that I can't wait for next year's! A little bit of background info for those of you that don't know much about it: Relay For Life is a 24 hour event put on by The American Cancer Society that raises money to help find cures and preventions for all different types of cancers. Individual teams and families raise money throughout the year by doing fundraisers in which the ACS gets the profits from. Then, at the annual event, usually held in the spring or summer, all teams get together at one central place (like a park or a campground) where they have a tent that they "camp" in for 24 hours. (Some people bring their own tents to sleep in.) There is a walking track and one person from each team must be on the track walking at all times, carrying the team "baton" with them. They have special laps, like a Survivor's Lap for cancer survivors, and a "Parade Of Teams" advertising all the teams at the Relay. Since it's a 24 hour event, there are even people walking in the middle of the night, and they have different types of laps then too, like a "Crazy Hat" lap where walkers wear funny hats and a "Slipper" lap where walkers wear slippers instead of regular shoes. At dusk, luminaries are lit. Luminaries are candles in buckets that teams and team members buy in remembrance of someone who died from cancer. The luminaries are lit and placed alongside the track, and at 9 PM all walkers are asked to get off the track for a special ceremony where names are read off of cancers survivors and those that have died. The luminaries stay lit all night. After the names are read, it's back to walking. In the morning, we're given a free breakfast and go to a free aerobics class or we can play a game outside like volleyball, soccer, or dodgeball. They plan lots of games and activities for both days so there's always something to do if you're not walking and bored. You can also choose to just stay at your tent or walk around and look at other tents, too. Every team sells different items at the Relay for another fundraiser, and they also have some freebies, too. I got some pencils, a couple of yo-yos, a free bottle of water (With a promotion on it, of course.), and a sucker from a couple of different tents set up by bank employees. (KeyBank and First Federal Bank had teams there.) There's also free music and live entertainment. Oh, and cancer survivors always start the walk, because some of them get to be ribbon cutters.

I was with the Wal-Mart team. We sold homemade bubble baths, bath salts, toys, crafts, t-shirts, bags of chips, cans of pop and bottles of water for our fundraiser. I was in charge of selling the food and got to sit in a Pepsi trailer most of the time, although I did go outside of the trailer from time to time just so I could have a change of scenery. I took a lawn chair in there so I could sit down while I waited for customers.

I just liked getting to see everyone and meet new people. Some of the things I saw there were amazing. It was amazing to watch the Survivor's Lap and see all the cancer survivors. (What amazed me the most is how many of the people I work with that are some of my best friends there that are cancer survivors and I didn't even know they'd been sick.) The Survivor's Lap was a happy time, but for me it was also a sad time. I kept thinking about all the people that should be there doing that but they can't because their cancer killed them. I would give anything in a heartbeat to have my grandparents there walking that lap or the guy that lived across the street from me that died from cancer when he was only in his 30s, leaving behind his wife, son and daughter. They were all taken too soon. Triste So when the Survivor's Lap was over with, I walked a lap for each of my grandparents and one for my neighbor. It was especially sad to see all the kids that were survivors. There was one little girl there named Rene that's only three years old and she has a rare form of stomach cancer that's now in remission. Her mom used to work in our portrait studio at Wal-Mart but had to quit her job because she was pregnant and Rene got sick. I'm really happy that she's getting a second chance. Sourire

I've already come up with several ideas for next year's Relay For Life that I'm going to talk to our team captain about, including an idea for a team newsletter or website to keep us all informed about what's going on, and fundraising ideas like selling raffle tickets and raffling stuff off.

I took lots of pictures and I'm going to put them online so you guys can see them, and yes, I got a team picture with me in it and you'll finally get to see what I look like! Sourire

Right now I'm really, really tired and going to go to bed and get some sleep! Sleep

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aw that sounds awsome. I met a author who is a 2 time breast cancer survivor and when they have those kinds of races she goes and runs topless Rire People are so shocked they can hardly hand her drinks at the stations along the track.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I slept really good last night, probably the best I've slept in awhile. It was the kind of sleep where when you wake up after sleeping for like nine hours you don't want to get up. Sourire

Anyway, there was an article in the paper today about Relay For Life. All the teams combined raised $126,000! Surpris In the article they said that wasn't as much as what they've done in previous years, but I still think that's a lot of money!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear you had some fun there Sourire Congrats for the $126,000 Cool

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