Sunday, January 31, 2010

Relay for Life

My other way of remembering my Mema is participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. After she passed away I really wanted to do something to honor her memory and that's when I learned about Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

So in 2008 Team Moseley was formed and we participated in our first NE Tarrant County Relay for Life. We raised money beforehand and ended up selling hamburgers and hot dogs at the Relay to raise more money. From 6 pm to 6 am we all took turns walking the was cold and we got tired, but we pushed through. The survivor lap at the beginning of Relay was amazing to watch and the luminaria ceremony was truly emotional and touching. We really enjoyed our first Relay for Life. My desire to do something more for Relay led me to join the Relay Committee the next year and more specifically the Hospitality Committee. I went around to various businesses and restaurants seeking corporate sponsors and gift card donations for the various activities held throughout the night. Although the 2009 Relay was cut short because of thunderstorms, we had a successful event and fabulous time once again. I've been the team captain the past two years and have organized everything...this year I'm seriously behind though. The 2010 Relay is just months away and by that time I will have an almost one month old little boy. Sadly, I've been really busy but I still plan on doing what I can for the Relay this year. If you know of someone that has battled cancer and want to honor or remember that special person, please take the time to visit the American Cancer Society website at or the Relay for Life website at for more information on how to give back.

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