Friday, June 20, 2008

Show & Tell {Relay for Life}

I sure haven't blogged much lately, so it's a good thing I have Show & Tell to keep me coming back!  Hopefully I'll have time to do a little more soon.  For this weeks Show & Tell with CanadaGirl I'm going to share a couple of pictures from last weekend, when DH and I took part in a Relay for Life event in town nearby.  We went with a team from our church which included a number of teens.  The teens from our group raised almost $2000 in donations - good for them!

Many of the Relay for Life events take place overnight, but some, like ours, are "mini-events" and are just a part-day.  Ours started at 10am and was finished around 4pm.  Since this was the first time DH and I had done something like this, the shorter event was a good introduction!  The relay was held at a retirement community in town, so the Opening Ceremony was held in front of the clubhouse:

Because it was a daytime only event, we were able to buy balloons in honor of, or in memory of, folks we know affected by cancer.  The events that take place overnight offer luminarias.  The balloons were placed on the lawn in front of the clubhouse:

DH and I bought a balloon in memory of his Uncle Bill...

... and in honor of his mother, who was recently diagnosed and is now receiving follow-up treatment.

I have two friends on a message board, both with little boys that were diagnosed with leukemia recently.  I purchased balloons in honor of these two Strong and Mighty Warriors as well.  Tristan (his mom is L:indaI)

and Suzanne's son Philip:

After the other ceremonies and the Survivors Lap, the balloons were handed out and there was a ceremony for releasing them.

After that we started walking.  It was hot, but not as bad as the previous weekend, and at least there was a breeze. 


Overall, it was a wonderful day, and we are almost certainly going to participate again next year.  I'd be willing to do the "full-length" Relay for Life event as well, if my schedule permits and there is a team I could join with.  I joined our church team literally at the last minute this year, but will plan ahead for it next year.  If anyone reading would be interested in making a donation, my personal page is still available to accept donations to The American Cancer Society.


Thanks for visiting! To visit other Show & Tells, or to participate, head over to CanadaGirl's blog and learn all about it!




solidrock said...

What a wonderful ceremony and honor to mighty warrors of this disease.

jenn4him said...

That's a great way to honor others.


Keri said...

This is wonderful and great that you documented about it with pics and words!

drewsfamilytx said...

That sounds like a fabulous event! And $2000? That is awesome!

I'll have to look for that in my area next time.

MOMflippedisWOW said...

What a wonderful way to spend your weekend!

God bless you and yours.

Vicki ~ Who's mom & dad are cancer survivors

CelticMom said...

What a wonderful tribute to those you love who are struggling, or have struggled! I'm glad the day was such a success for you!

Have a wonderful weekend~

Canadagirl said...

What a Great opportunity to be involved !!! I could just imagine that this also helps soooo much with the loss of loved ones. I pray blessings on you and your family while you support this amazing cause.

Blessings and ((hugs)) my SSiC

In Him<><


CrossView said...

Wow! Great show and tell... =D

We did this years ago when I had a Girl Scouts troop. I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder!

bethanyrae said...

Thanks so much for doing this. It seems we all know someone who has had cancer. My mom, and Bob's 2 sisters, his aunt, uncle and grandparents.


MayTheyBeMightyMen said...

I'm so glad you participated. I've more glad you shared with us. May the prayers for those suffering be heard!

bethanyrae said...

Yes...isn't it awful how much we have to pay to mow?? If you have lawn grass planted, you might have to add some prairie grass seeds to get the tall stuff. Just go and find an empty field in the country with stuff you like and harvest seeds from it! ha.


Canadagirl said...

Hi there.

Kym, would you get a cbox. So we can leave you random well wishes ? I love and appreciate all the sweet comments you leave and I want to give you sweet encouragement even if there is no new post to do so for you.

Sending you Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC

In Him<><


Canadagirl said...

I am glad you are giving into to peer pressure. [0; I look forward to leaving lots of fun random notes. hee he,

Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC

In Him<><


LindaI said...

The support from my online friends just brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. Thank you.

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