Relay For Life 2017

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.

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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: High Hopes

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!

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.


Day 195: Fuel For Life

These are some of the many snacks we’ve prepared for our “Fuel Station” at Relay For Life. We’re selling trail mix, granola bars, Gatorade, and baked goods. By the way, our team name is Dukes of Hazzard, and the event is themed “Revin’ For a Cure,” so I think Fuel Station is the perfect name for our snack spot.

Trail mix for Relay For Life.

Day 192: Margarita Party!

Last night I was busy with Relay For Life bank night, where we turn in money and silent auction baskets and get all the final details of Relay, so I’m a little late posting Monday’s photo. This is one of 9 silent auction baskets we’re selling Friday night at the Northland Relay For Life at Oak Park High School. If you live in Kansas City and don’t have any plans, you should come out!

Margarita Party Basket for the Relay For Life silent auction.

Day 188: One Stitch. One Step. One Hope.

Just one week from today is Relay For Life, so you may see several Relay-related posts in the next few days. I have to show off this beautiful purple ribbon quilt that Jerod’s grandma hand-stitched just for Relay. It’s going to be one of the featured items in the live auction. If you want to bid on it, come out to Relay For Life of the Northland (Gladstone, MO) at Oak Park High School around 8 p.m. 😉

This quilt is named “One Stitch. One Step. One Hope.” and was designed and hand-stitched by Grandma Lea in memory of my Aunt Jill for Relay For Life.

Day 165: Bumping up with Bunco

Last night my cousin Holly and I hosted our 2nd Annual Bunco for Relay night. We had a great turnout with 28 people, we ate a lot of food and had a great time socializing. But best of all, we raised $442 for our Relay For Life team! We’re moving up toward our $5,000 goal!

Ladies play Bunco at our Relay For Life Fundraiser. I never knew how hard it was to photograph a dice game in low light until last night!


Days 119-121: Relay For Mercy In Action

I definitely had a full weekend. On Friday my mom and I ran a Relay For Life garage sale, which was a big success! We raised $375 in one day, thanks to several families’ donated items. On Saturday Jerod and I ran the Run For Mercy 10k, which is a fundraiser to improve the lives of South African children affected by HIV/AIDS. Jerod was nice enough to stay with me all 6.4 miles, and we beat our hour goal with a time of 59:19. On Sunday we participated in our church-wide Faith in Action volunteer weekend. We helped repair a fence and clean up shrubs around it. Needless to say, I’m tired! But no time to rest – back to work tomorrow.

Many items were for sale at our Relay For Life garage sale on Friday.
The kids took the Kids Fun Run very seriously at Saturday’s Run For Mercy.
Jerod hard at work clearing bushes around a fence at Faith in Action on Sunday.
Bonus Photo: Mother goose with her goslings at our Faith in Action work site.