Why I Relay..

Monday, June 27, 2011

As the caption states at the top of this picture…..

In honor and memory of those we love….We fight this battle!!!

I can’t explain this moment. We are all standing in silence in complete darkness, watching name after name scroll down this wall. The overwhelming emotion is really beyond words. Only if you’ve ever attended a luminary ceremony can you understand how it feels.
And then….when you see that special someone’s name appear on that wall. The moment literally takes your breath away….at least it did for me. It been 3 ½ years since Mom’s been gone and I miss her and think about her every day. I break out laughing when a memory pops into my head remembering so many special times….. but at that moment when I see her name…..the ache is overwhelming. I usually just take off walking. I walk by myself. I don’t want to talk. I just want to remember.
She fought hard. Everyday was a battle and she faced it courageously as they all do. She never gave up and kept fighting until her tired little body just couldn’t take any more. I fought with her. I was right there by here side trying my best to make her forget about the pain if only for a minute. During those days….seeing her smile was worth more than any amount of money!!

I not only relay in honor of my Mom’s memory, but in memory of some very special people in my life who have also lost their battles with cancer. I also relay to celebrate those special people who have won their battles….and lastly, I relay to encourage and give hope to those who have had a recent diagnosis.

This year’s theme was Super Heroes. I wasn’t very excited about the theme. I am not a fan of batman or superman or wonder woman. I did a lot of complaining to my best friend about it and she gave me an idea which led to our Super Hero Wall of Fame?!!!
We decided we would honor the super heroes in our lives. Our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts and friends…. Real people with no super powers, but lived their lives in such ways that made them both super and heroic in our eyes.

By the way…I was able to walk 15 miles, mostly during the hours of 12am and 5am. I’m sore and my body is tired from all the preparation and participation of this event, but it’s worth it.

I’ll keep doing this as long as the good Lord lets me. I’ve had such wonderful help, support and love from some amazing people. What a humbling experience.
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