Sunday, June 3, 2012

I Walked All Night

I Walked For You, I Walked For Me
I walked around a track today:
I walked to help a disease go away.
I walked because there is a need.
I walked so that bodies could be freed.
I walked to give a small child hope:
I walked to help someone cope.
I walked for a husband or a wife;
I walked to help prolong a life.
I walked with my head held high;
I walked for that one about to die.
I walked excitedly not demure;
I walked to help find a cure.
I walked for everyone to see;
I walked for you, I walked for me.
- written by cancer survivor Jackie Rutkovich

This was my fourth year participating the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
This year our local goal was to raise $110,000...
at last count, this morning we had raised $108,542 and pledges are continuing to come in.

It's an emotional night and I'm feeling a little rough today, but I am proud of myself and of my community for coming together for such an important cause.

Mother Nature cooperated, finally... after a day of rain, the skies cleared and we made it through the night without getting wet!  It was a bit chilly, but we had a campfire to keep us warm!

I'd like to share a few photos with you of the night!


Our team, The Chest Club
Me & my bestie ready to get started!
The survivor lap
The luminaries lit in honor of those who have fought, are fighting or who have lost their fight to cancer
Mittens I wore all night, and some delicious homemade hamburger soup to warm me up
Our campfire... weenie roast!

Have you participated in a Relay event in your community?
If not, I urge you to think about doing it next time it comes to your town...
We need to fight this fight TOGETHER!

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  1. Looks like a great, tiring, and probably emotional night! I'm all about events for a cause and will definitely check it out next time it comes to town. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE that poem!!!! My little 5 year old niece just finished her chemo treatments for a brain tumor so that poem really strikes a cord in my heart! Thank you for sharing and walking!!

  3. AMAZING! i participated in a relay event in college - i have been wanting to get involved again since then. i love it!

  4. That is awesome!!!! What an incredible thing to be a part of!!!! And YAY that the weather cooperated!!!!!!

  5. how awesome!! way to go!! xoxo

  6. Beautiful. I think this is a highly important cause to be part of!! xx

  7. You rock! So proud of you, and I totally would have been a complainer in the cold and rain! Plus I loved all your instagrams!

  8. Such a good cause! And so awesome of you to participate! I have that on my bucket list... Missed it this year, but hoping to participate next year!

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