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!