Fighting Cancer One Step at a Time

Friday night was my team’s fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. I walk the track and fundraise in memory of my aunt Jill and in honor of many other friends and family. This year was a bit different – juggling team captain responsibilities and taking care of a four-month old was a challenge at times. And I didn’t get to take nearly as many pictures as I would have liked. This year we packed up around midnight rather than walking until 6 a.m. But our strong and mighty team has still raised over $3,000, and we aren’t finished yet! There’s still time to donate to the cause.

Check out photos from 2013, 2012, and 2011.

Cousin Samantha during the Opening Ceremony
Cake pops – one of the team’s fundraisers
My mom with Baby K, in their Relay For Life t-shirts
Our team’s luminaria in honor or memory of loved ones
Lighted HOPE sign at Relay For Life (zoom effect used)

Photo of the Day: It’s Time to Light the Track

Tonight is Relay For Life. Tonight, I will celebrate all the progress we’ve made in the fight against cancer. Tonight, I will remember loved ones lost. Tonight, I will fight back against the disease – by raising money & raising awareness. Twenty of my closest friends and family and I will gather together, along with about 400 other participates, to walk the track all night. To do what we can to help create a world with less cancer. And one day in my lifetime, a world with no cancer. Please do what you can, too. Support Relay For Life by purchasing a print of one of my photos. This is your last chance for 2013.

A luminaria lit to remember my Aunt Jill, who passed away from pancreatic cancer almost 3 years ago.

Project 52 Week 27: We’ll Always Remember

Friday and Saturday was our annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life. During Relay we celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Remembering is the hardest, most touching part of the evening. It’s been just over 2 years since we lost my aunt Jill to pancreatic cancer; so many others were missing their loved ones that night too. It’s not too late to make a difference – our Relay is raising money through August 31. You can make a donation here.

P.S. My canvas print of this photo sold for $90 in the Relay For Life live auction … I was beyond excited!

During the luminaria ceremony, we walk the dark track silently as names of those who’ve had cancer are spoken.


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.