This year I had the great honor of being assigned this day for my Frosting For The Cause entry. I made Lavender Sugar Cookies with Pink Icing this week and while not being a decorative baker, I think I did all right. Where I’ll get you is the story. Please click on over to Frosting For The Cause to find out more about the event and see my recipe and story.
My family and friends have been participating the Relay For Life since 2003 and have raised nearly $80,000 for it and other events like it. Our team tends to be a bit crazy with folks camping out all night (sleeping very little or not at all) and walking endless miles while we are there. Some years I have personally walked more than 40 miles in a little over 24 hours before, during and after the event. Cancer sucks a lot and I believe these actions stand as proof that cancer may be strong, but it is not strong enough and it isn’t going to win!
Relay is a joyous time but it is also strewn with sad stories. Our team and our community’s event has more than our share. Yesterday I learned that my middle school French teacher, Jane, passed away from cancer in 2004 after a very short battle. Her battle was short and severe and it rocked the school, its faculty and the students down to the foundation. Jane’s Team is one of the most successful teams in the history of the Relay I attended yesterday, and after talking to the team captains (teachers I immediately recognized after 25 years!) it is clear that Jane’s memory is the driving force behind the passion of her team. In some years this team has raised $20,000 for their Relay. That is serious business and I can think of no better way to remember someone.
My team’s Relay is coming up in two weeks and we are still pounding the pavement for donations. If you would like to support us you can use this link (updated for 2012) to make an online donation. 100% of the donation goes to the American Cancer Society.
I will be wearing a smile for the rest of the day as I continue to enjoy my survivorship (and a day just for me!) and also because I know that my actions are making a difference. Cancer picked the wrong guy and I am bringing my friends. We’re coming for you cancer…