Relay For Life a success
Saturday, July 10, 2010
We had our 10th annual Relay For Life on July 9th and 10th at our local YMCA.
We had 56 teams registered this year, our highest yet. We had a great site for our canopy this year, on the outside edge of the track. Here are some of our team setting up the canopies.
I got to the field at 10:45 to help with set up and I was on the track walking at 11:15. Opening ceremonies was at noon and the survivors lap was suppossed to be at 2:00 but didn't get started till 2:30 cause we had so many survivors that had to get registered. We had 200 people in the survivors walk this year and this it the start of their walk.
As the survivors started their walk the DJ played "We Are the Champions" My mom was registered to walk this year but it was too hot on the field for her. It was 95 degrees on the field, I called my sister and told her not to bring her. I brought her T-shirt home for her. The ACS committee had plenty of water and sports drinks available and I took full advantage of it, made sure I stayed hydrated. The YMCA also kept the doors open for relay members so we could go inside and use the restrooms and sit in AC for a little if needed.
In the evening we had the lighting of the luminaries and the memory walk. I got luminaries in memory of my dad (Don) and brother in law (Phil) who lost their fight with cancer and in honor of my mom (Isabel)who is a double survivor.
Got a shot of the luminaries lit up along the track also
I always stay at the track for the entire 24 hours and I try to walk as much as I can. 5 laps of the track was a mile and this year one of the teams came up with a way to track your miles. They sold lanyards and after each lap you could stop at their tent and get a purple bead for laps 1-4. For the fifth lap you got a white bead, so you count your white beads and that is how many miles you walked. If you count mine you can see I walked for 24 miles!
I was on the track for 19 out of 24 hours, I took a break from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am and just a couple breaks to sit for a couple of minutes. When I got home this morning the first thing I did was take a nice soak and then worked the kinks out. Had a great time and am really looking forward to the time when we don't have to hold the relay any more. The saying on the back of the survivor T-shirt's says it all " Once you have hope, anything is possible." With hope and determination we will beat this. To those of you who have struggled with cancer or lost a friend or loved one to cancer know that my prayers are with you.