Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Tis the season! No, not Christmas, Relay for Life season. I can't imagine that there's many people out there who don't know what Relay is, but just in case: The American Cancer Society sponsors relay events all over the country in the late spring as a massive fundraiser. Walkers gather pledges for the amount of time or the distance they walk. Often, the walkers will form teams to help promote the pledge gathering.
A number of years ago, I walked as part of the team from the local Rotary club. These days, you'll find me on the main stage playing the music you walk to, mixing sound for the live acts that visit, balancing the mics for the Luminaria ceremony, and in the case of the Relays I play, broadcasting Relay Radio on the FM dial.
I have a soft spot for Relay, partly because of the many relatives I've lost to cancer over the years, and partly because I'm a man in my late 40's and in a particular risk zone.
Ladies: check yourselves. You know what I mean. And get those mammograms and check ups.
Gentlemen: yeah, I know. It ain't pleasant. Get it done anyway.
And get out there and walk for Relay. See, for us Sparkers, it's not just a fundraiser. It's exercise. You get to log lots and lots of points for walking in the Relay. AND for the time you spend walking to work up the endurance. How do you get involved? Simple: google Relay for Life and your town. I guarantee you'll get a hit (or 20 million. In 0.2 seconds. Google's a little over eager.).
And if you walk in the relays in Central Ohio, specifically, Westerville, Grove City, or Dublin, make sure you stop at the stage and introduce yourself to the DJ - me. I'll be the guy most likely sporting a purple cancer ribbon glitter tattoo on my head (and that one isn't a joke).