Monday, May 21, 2012

Relay for Life & a Birthday!

Friday evening the fam and I got together for my hometown's Relay for Life event. Did you know that this year alone, 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer? About 570,000 Americans will die from cancer this year.  That's about 1,500 people per day.  Not sure about you, but those numbers rattle me.

I'm actually pretty optimistic about cancer research because survival rates have gone up quite a bit in the last 20 years.  And most people I know who have been diagnosed are actually okay today.  But I still feel we have a long way to go, which is why I continue to support organizations like the American Cancer Society.

This year I Relayed with a small team of family and friends. I really appreciate the family and friends who teamed up, and those who made a donation to support our efforts. Your support and donations mean so much to so many.
Survivors Lap

My aunt's friend (white shirt) was the only cancer suvivor on our team.  She is three years cancer-free! :) 

Our theme was "Glowing Away Cancer" (like blowing away cancer?  Get it?).  We sold glow bracelets to raise money at the event.

Team Lap

It was so touching watching these families release these.

I missed getting a picture of a couple of others on the team, but we had a great time for a great cause. 

If you'd like to donate to the American Cancer Society, you may do so here (or you can find your local Relay for Life event here). It doesn't take long to form a team or raise money, and the efforts and funds go to saving lives.


Also over the weekend, I attended a birthday party for my Aunt D.  She's the one that usually has a hand in our family get-togethers (and is the reason I love party/shower games).  I couldn't miss a celebration in her honor.
W/the Birthday Girl

My Mom and Me

My Aunt D and her daughters (who put together this celebration of their mom). 

It was a great weekend.  I left the little one at home with her daddy (and my sister-in-law, who helped him out when he had to also be somewhere).  By the time I got home Saturday night, the little one was asleep.  When she woke up the next morning and realized I was home, she told me, "Mommy, promise me you'll never leave us."  Haha - I was gone for two days and one night!  While my child is quite dramatic, I do understand that in her little three-year-old world, that was a long time to be away from her Mommy.

Hope everyone's having a great week!  I'll probably be back Wednesday or Thursday.

~ G

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