Sunday, April 14, 2013

Relaying for a Reason . . .

Ok, so my oldest daughter, Caitlin, is a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, better known as Pediatric Liver Cancer, at the ripe old age of four months. She turns 15 later this week and has been cancer free for over 13 1/2 years! One of my sisters, Becky, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011 and has been cancer free for the past year. Needless to say, cancer has truly affected our family but we have a LOT to be thankful for and that is why we participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Actually this year, we are participating in two Relays, this one in Gainesville, and one in St. Petersburg where Caitlin is chairing her own team for the first time (May 3)!

Our beautiful survivors walking their Survivor Lap.

Caitlin's Story
Some of Caitlin's friends came with us.
Doesn't our campsite looked great? Becky was in charge of it.
 Unfortunately, it was too windy to
put up the facade but our campsites theme was
The Wizard of Oz. 

Caitlin with my parents.

The whole Caitlin's Crusaders Team.
At night, the Relay for Life holds a Luminaria Ceremony. Everyone is quiet, they turn off all the lights and we walk the track without talking. This year, a bagpiper played Amazing Grace while we walked. I have yet to walk this lap without crying. I just can't help myself. It is wonderful to walk and see all the luminaries lit in Honor of survivors. Unfortunately, there are still so many in Memory.

We are thrilled the Relay for Life is part of our life and look forward to doing it again in a couple of weeks. If you are interested in making a donation to Caitlin's team, please go to the following link:

You can also sponsor a luminary for someone who has battled cancer.

Now off to continue working on the backyard, but that is for another post!

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