Days 196-197: Here’s to a world with less cancer & more birthdays.

I’m so proud of my Relay For Life team – almost everyone stayed from 7 p.m. Friday evening to 7 a.m. Saturday morning, taking turns walking the track and helping with fundraisers to fight back against cancer. If my calculations are correct, our team raised $4806 – just shy of our $5000 goal! (If you’d still like to support us with a donation, please visit From the extreme heat; to the touching survivor lap; to ice cream, water balloons, s’mores, glow bracelets, and more; we definitely had an eventful night!

Teammate Aaron Ballew juggles water balloons as an admirer looks on.
Relay For Life – Northland Kansas City survivor lap.
This little girl, a cancer survivor, touched us all during the survivor lap.
The moon had a beautiful orange hue as it rose over the track.
An overall view of the Relay For Life – Northland Kansas City at night.
My cousin Ben’s luminaria lit in memory of my Aunt Jill.
Sue and Spencer rest on the high jump pad on the track.