Sunday, October 18, 2009

A night to remember

Last night was Relay For Life. If you have been following my Stitching For A Cure blog, go over there and see all the pictures of the tree. Quite spectacular.
Relay is a fundraiser for American Cancer Society.
Every year I go to Relay I get inspired to go back out into my world and make a difference. Since most blood collected is used by cancer patients and I am in the blood "business", cancer touches my life almost daily.
And I am a 23 year cancer survivor.
This year I participated in the survivor lap. I never thought of myself as a survivor since I didn't have to undergo the chemo, radiation, etc. that most patients have to go through. And since it was so long ago, I hardly think about it.
But last night, WOW! There were 450 survivors that made the first lap. Everyone else goes to the sides of the track to cheer them on, give them high 5's and clap.
As I write this I still get chills. The support for those who have fought the battle and won or are still fighting is AMAZING.

This year I had my daughter and two grandsons with me. It was wonderful. We also had a team there.
I danced with my grandsons while there. Here are some pics of Craig & I. It was so much fun to dance with them!

I also had the opportunity to speak before the crowd and to announce the winner of our annual blood drive challenge. This was wonderful! Over a thousand people heard the message that blood donors were needed to help in patients' cancer treatments.

And finally, this is what we gave those in the midst of their battle:

It was a night to remember!


lenna said...

Hey Donna ~
Were you beyond tired when you got done? It looked like so much fun and a job well done. Congratulations! on all your hard work and your daughters and grandson's, too.
You look so cute in the shirts!
I am so proud of all your work and I will be there to help with your next three relays.
Take care and get some well deserved rest.
God Bless you for all the HOPE you have given the sick and the survivors.
See you soon,

Karyn said...

Congratulations! You and your family did great :)

Carolyn NC said...


EvalinaMaria said...

You did great! Now is time to relax and stitch some...

Cindy F. said...

That is so awesome Donna!! I'm so very proud of you and everyone who participated!! Good job!!!

Great pics too!

Kathy said...

Wow, what a day you had. Congratulations on your hard, hard work.
Bless you for what you have accomplished.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a great event and you are so good to particpate and help out! Congratulations on all your hard work, I'm sure it'll pay off!

I've been involved in Run For the Cure a 5K for Breast Cancer Research the last two years, and both times its been an emotional day. Our shirts this year had the same message : Hope.

Karan said...

It looks & sounds amazing. You did great! :0)

The Hines Family said...

Love the pics!!! Hate that I couldn't make it out there, but it looks like y'all had a fabulous time!!

Meari said...

Thanks for sharing your Relay experience with us. The photos were great.