Day 148: 2010 Relay For Life of Vancouver/Clark County WA
Day 148 of 365…
This particular “thing” to do in Vancouver is closer to me than anything else. You see, I am a cancer survivor and I’ve lost dear friends and family to this horrible disease. I don’t know anyone in the world who hasn’t lost someone near and dear to them due to cancer.
This Saturday and Sunday is the annual Relay For Life of Vancouver at Columbia River High School. It begins at 10am with a Survivor Lap (yes I do this every year). This event is open to the public and it’s a great way to support and help raise tons of money to battle cancer. There are around 150 teams and each one does creative things to help raise money. You can buy raffle tickets for all kinds of great prizes, root beer floats, play bean bag toss or tons of other little games. What ever the teams do it’s all to help raise funds.
At midnight on Saturday they also do a Luminaria Service. This is where they line the track with candles in paper bags with the names of those who have passed from cancer or survived cancer. They turn off all the Columbia River football field lights and we slowly walk to the candle light. It’s an overwhelming experience. This year will not be any exception to that!
You can help several ways. First, come out to Columbia River High School anytime between 10am Saturday and 10am Sunday and buy some raffle tickets, buy some food, play some games and encourage the teams who are walking the track for 24 hours straight. Second, you can always make a donation on my Relay For Life page. Can you give up a coffee, lunch, dinner, show, game, overnight trip? Take that money and give to raise funds to continue finding a cure for cancer. Thirdly, you might like to buy a luminaria for a loved one. You can also do that on my donation page for Relay For Life. Lastly, maybe you can do all of these things. I’d encourage you to do something. It will take help from everyone to continue in the battle.
Now, if you are up for it, please journey along with me on my 2009 11 year cancer free survivor lap. It takes about seven and a half minutes to journey this lap. If you manage to make it to the end of the lap, I apologize for being hard to understand… It’s a bit emotional…