Sunday, July 15, 2012
We had our ACS Relay For Life in my town this past Friday and Saturday and I was able to attend this year. This was the second year that it was held at one of our local high schools, on their football field. The track was so nice to walk on and much easier on my knees and hips. This is the last year for the team that I am currently on, they are disbanding the team.
This is a shot of the team tent, we were on the 50 yard line on the home team side, great location. I had to work on Friday so I went home and changed and grabbed my things and was at the track by 4;45pm and started walking at 5pm. At 6pm we had the survivors lap
This year we had a sign up for the ACS CPS-3 study (Cancer Prevention Study) and I decided to sign up. I have never been diagnosed with cancer but I lost my grandfather and my dad to cancer and my mom is a double survivor. All I had to do was fill out a questionaire and let them draw 3 tubes of blood. I will be sent questionaire's periodically and just need to fill them out. If it will help to fight cancer I am all for it.
At 9 pm we did the luminary ceremony and this year they also did the "Star of Hope," where folks stood in the bleachers and held candles that spell out hope. I tried to get pics but was a little far away.
They messed up my mom's luminary, suppossed to say "In Honor Of" and it says "In Memory of". Hopefully she won't notice it on the picture.
This year I was at the relay for 15 1/2 hours but only walked for 12 1/2 hours. I walked a total of 22 miles in that time period. For most of the time I walked by myself so I could pace myself. If the DJ played fast music my pace picked up. After quiet time started, 11 pm, I tried to slow down and pace myself. I try to keep to the spirit of the Relay and stay on the track the entire night and in the past I have been able to do this, but this year I didn't. It started with a light rain about midnight and rained for the rest of the night. I didn't bring my poncho because I frankly didn't think the rain would be bad, 30% chance the weatherman said. I brought my umbrella and it helped some. Around 12:30 a.m. it was raining so hard I got under the tent and stayed there for about half an hour. The rain would slow down but never completly stop. I finally went home at 8:30 a.m. when someone else from my team came back. I was soaked through and tired but I had a good time. Next year I will be joining my great niece's team and she and I can split the nightly walking times to make it easier on both of us.