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)

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.

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.

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.

Day 18: Celebrate.Remember.Fight Back.

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