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’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 http://main.acsevents.org/goto/dukes.) 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!
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.
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!
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.
Last night I attended a Relay For Life kick-off party to get my team ready for a successful Relay season. This will be my third year doing Relay, my second year as a team captain, and hopefully my first year to reach a team fundraising goal of $5000! They had lots of information about Relay For Life and American Cancer Society research, education, patient services, and advocacy efforts. I’m proud to work for such an honorable organization.
1/45 sec, F4, ISO 800
18-55mm lens (28mm focal length), no flash