Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Relay for Life efforts

This will be my 3rd year participating in relay for life. This year instead of sending out the usual email from American Cancer Socity I wanted to remind all my family and friends why I choose to participate in the this event every year. To do that I wrote a poem and then put music and pictures to it. Here is the poem:

I relay for life. For my life, for your life and every life touched by cancer.

I relay for those first diagnosed,
Who know not what’s ahead, but are ready to fight.

I relay for the survivor learning of recurrence,
Who already knows what awaits, but is still ready to fight.

I relay for the mother watching her child suffer through chemo
And the child enduring the suffering.

I relay for the husband afraid to lose his wife
And the wife afraid of being taken from her family.

I relay to fight the cancer that tried, but failed, to take my life,
And to bring hope to those who are fighting.

I relay to celebrate being a survivor
And to honor those who have not survived.

I relay for those who have the determination and the will to fight,
But surrender because they could not succeed.

I relay because I do not know why I won my battle and others lost,
But I believe that what I am doing will help more people win.

I relay for the friends I met through treatment,
To honor fights won and fights lost.

I relay to help calm my fears,
Because at times I am still afraid.

I relay for life. For my life, for your life and every life touched by cancer.

Here is my creation:

I know times are tough right now, but even the minimum donation of $5 would be truly appreciated and you are even able to write it off on your taxes as a charitable contribution.


Also if you would like them to light a luminaria at Relay for Life in honor or remembrance of someone you know that has battled with cancer you can follow this link to have them set one up for you. The luminarias are an amazing site to see lit up around the track during the night.


Thank you so much to all of you for your continued support for the fight against cancer.

With Love,


Abbey Chase said...

I love you!

Kathryn said...

I`m doing what is called "race for life" in the UK on the 21st of June. I`m doing it for those affected by cancer and most of all for my friend who died after an eleven year battle with cancer. She was only 30 but she made the best of each day and accomplished more than I ever will. I will do it every year as long as I am able to do it.