Monday, July 30, 2007

Relay For Life


This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in my first Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of our local American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gathered at Lane Community College and took turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.


It’s more that just a walk around a track, the relay is a time to celebrate those who have battled or are battling cancer and to remember those who we have lost to this disease.

MY DAD WALKED FOR TEAM ISLER With over 170 teams, the track was always packed!

I dedicated my first Relay for Life to my boss and mentor, Karen Jean Weight, who died April 26th of ovarian cancer.

I walked from midnight to 12:30AM and then from 1-2:00 AM.

This year’s theme was “Field of Dreams” and our tent site was chosen as the best for our use of the theme. One of our team member’s father spent many hours designing a baseball field with cabbage patch dolls that looked like a real baseball game. The field had a scoreboard and when it got dark, we had lights that looked like real stadium lights. It was incredible. Thanks, Bob!

Our winning "Field of Dreams" Tent Site Co-Captains, Phyllis and Nan along with a cardboard cut-out of honorary Captain, Pat Cellers who died of cancer this past spring.

One of the most memorable events of the 24 hours was the luminaria ceremony. The luminaria Ceremony of Hope held after dark is to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

I was so glad that I found the luminary that I made for Karen and was able to take a picture of it because there were so many luminaries lining the track. I also found the two luminaries my Dad did for his good friends, Bobby and Crowe.

Our team raised close to $8,000 this year and the entire Eugene/Springfield relay raised about $10,000 over the goal of $640,000.

I am very much looking forward to next years relay!