Thursday, June 16, 2011

Relay. For Life.

This is my cousin Melanie.
We call her Mel.
She is a wife.
Mother of three.
Super strong woman.

And now a breast cancer patient.
She knows this road well, unfortunately, because her sister Kim has fought breast cancer too. Three times. We have another amazing cousin, Heidi, who has fought this horrible disease as well. These women inspire me, because through their fight, they've kept their heads up, positive attitude intact, and moved forward. I love them, and my heart swells to think of the legacy of strength they are creating for our family.

I imagine, that if you are reading this, you've been affected by cancer in some way as well.
Right now, our family is rooting for several family and friends who are fighting some form of this dreaded disease. So this weekend, I am joining a group of local women in the Relay for Life. The relay begins tomorrow evening and will continue through the night into Saturday morning.

I am walking for all of those I know who've lost their lives to cancer.
I'm walking for those who have survived.
I'm walking for Mel, and Diana, and Clara, and a few others that are currently fighting.

If you would like to donate to our relay groups fund raising efforts, go here. Any amount is appreciated. I, personally, would be honored to walk on behalf of those YOU know who've faced this disease. Comment on this post with their name [or email me if you'd rather] and I will write their name on my shirt. I will walk as long as my feet will allow me, with a place in my heart for every person who hears the words "You have cancer."

P.S. Karen is the ringleader of this group and she is AMAZING. Always giving her full effort to a great cause. She has been auctioning off donated items these past couple of weeks and although the last day is tomorrow you can still get in on the action if you like!