Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Last year I participated in my first Relay For Life in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. It was such an emotional experience for me and with cancer touching so many important people in my life, it's a cause that I feel compelled to support.
For those of you not familiar with Relay For Life, it is a walk where teams of 10 walk from 7 PM to 7 AM. At any given time, there is at least one member of the team on the track walking through the night. Why overnight? The event symbolizes and honours a cancer patient's journey. For thousands of Canadians fighting cancer right now, their journey is long and hard. From the shock of initial diagnosis, through days of treatment and long nights that follow for them, cancer never sleeps, so neither do we. At Relay For Life, each step we take is our way of showing them that they are not alone. As the sun rises and Relay draws to a close, we commit to continuing the fight for life all year long.
I'm fortunate because the location in my town is on the grounds of Appleby College which is a private school on Lake Ontario that was founded in 1911. It's a beautiful campus!
Walking through the grounds at night is really nice. I think it's much nicer than walking on a track. Last year they moved us indoors to the hockey arena as we had a huge torrential downpour that night. This is a picture of the luminaries that people purchase to remember loved ones. During a special ceremony, they are lit and remain lit around the track through the night to light our path. I can't wait to see what it will look like OUTDOORS!
We will set up tents on the soccer pitch and enjoy events through the night when we are not walking. It's really a time for me to remember my family members who have succumbed to cancer and to think about people like my in-laws, my Mom, and my best friend who are all survivors. Needless to say, it's also great exercise to walk like this. Really one can walk very little as long as someone on the team is walking. Last year I probably only rested for maybe 1.5 hours through the night and I didn't sleep at all. It was far easier to just keep going. This is me last year around 5 AM (only 2 hours left to go!)
So on May 31st to June 1st, I'll be walking. If anyone is interested, please feel free to checkout my page :
There are also links to learn more about the event. There is probably a Relay For Life event happening in your hometown or close to you. Consider checking it out!