Relay for Life {American Cancer Society}

My family has THE gene.  On my mother’s side, of the six daughters, four have had to fight the fight.  And two cousins have already begun the battle.  Everyone has the gene.  I haven’t been tested yet, but suspect it as a very real possibility.  My doctor says I should be tested soon, but to get my life insurance in line beforehand.  Because after, I may be UNINSURABLE.  Aggressive treatment would be to be done having children by the age of 30, and then begin very aggressive preventative treatments. After which having children would be impossible.  Although menopause at the age of 30 does not sound like my cup of tea, neither does cancer.

In my view, the best option is to find a cure for cancer.  And that’s where the American Cancer Society comes in.  The 2010 Relay for Life in Irving, TX starts tonight at 7:00pm, and ends tomorrow, at 7:00am.  Because Cancer Never Sleeps.  And I am blessed and honored to be apart of it as the official photographer for the event.  Taken from the official website:

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.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.

So that’s a very small way that I can show my support.  How can you?

Stephanie - That sounds like such a great opportunity to give! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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