Last Friday night, a group of my friends and family participated in the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life. We walked the track from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. in memory of my aunt Jill, and in honor of so many others who have fought cancer. I’m so proud of my team, The Dukes – we raised over $2,500 this year! Being 8 months pregnant, I didn’t walk as far as normal, but I still managed to get about 14,000 steps and keep that baby in! Here are a few highlights of the evening.
Yesterday my office hosted its annual Bring Your Dog to Work Day in support of the American Cancer Society Bark For Life event. The day began with a doggie meet-and-greet, and the dogs hung out around the office throughout the day. We wrapped up the afternoon with an ice cream social, complete with ice cream doggie treats! I didn’t have a pup to bring to the event, but I did get to doggie-sit while one coworker was on a call. It definitely made for a lively day at the office!
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.
I was SO excited after capturing this photo – it’s perfect representation of our Relay For Life event on Friday night. It was a huge success – our event raised over $76,000, my team raised over $4600, and I raised over $1000 for the American Cancer Society. Let me know if you’re interested in purchasing this photo through etsy (choose your own photo option) or the contact me page – all proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. I’d love for our team to reach our $5000 fundraising goal!
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.
I served as the photographer for an important event at the American Cancer Society yesterday – they received a check for $100,000 from Black & Veatch for our Kansas City Hope Lodge, a facility where cancer patients can stay free of charge during treatment. I got to hang out with the Secret Service and this famous man below. Do you recognize him? (Hint: If you live in Missouri or you’re big into U.S. Politics, you should probably know him.) Shamefully, I probably wouldn’t have recognized him if he strolled by me on the street until yesterday.
If you’d like to purchase this photo for a good cause, you can do so at photographicrhodes.etsy.com. 100% of proceeds benefit Relay For Life! (Choose “photographic print – you choose” and indicate that you’d like today’s photo.)
In honor of my birthday today, would you please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life? The Society is celebrating its 100th birthday next month, and it’s the official sponsor of birthdays, so the cause couldn’t be a better fit. I’m just a few hundred dollars away from my $1000 goal. Every amount helps!