Relay For Life 2016

Saturday night was my 7th American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. I love Relay for so many reasons – from the cause, to the camaraderie, to the symbolism. A few of this year’s highlights:

  • I had the biggest team to date, with 30 people representing Team Dukes.
  • Our team raised over $3,000 – approximately $27,000 over the last six years!
  • I’m proud to say we had a breast cancer survivor on our team this year!
  • My husband made a couple of awesome light-up signs for our team – one we carried around as we walked the track for eight hours.
  • Thanks in part to all of the above, our team won the Spirit of Relay award!
  • My thoughtful team gave me a framed, signed print and a pedicure thanking me for being team captain (even though I couldn’t do it without them).
  • My 2-year-old stayed up until 1 a.m., playing hard around the track, in the long jump sand pit, and in the bounce house. She was a crazy, fun, hot mess!

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Photo of the Day: Team Suzi

Today’s photo is more about the meaning behind it than the quality or creativity of the photo. I work at the American Cancer Society, and we recently found out that our coworker was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. I hate all cancer, but especially pancreatic cancer. My aunt died of it about 2 1/2 years ago, and it’s the only cancer that hasn’t had any significant breakthroughs in the last 40 years. My coworkers have rallied together to support her every way possible. Today we all wore “Team Suzi” t-shirts, made her signs of encouragement, and took group photos.

Displaying our support for a coworker with pancreatic cancer