Why I Relay
I joined Relay for life my Freshman year of high school. I did it to support some people I know who have battled or are battling, as well to support my school.
My sophomore year my grandpa was diagnosed with throat cancer, leading to a complete tongue removal and remodel, a stomach port, no eating, and learning to talk all over again. Everyday life just got harder. Relay now had a little bit more meaning to me.
Junior year Relay I made a luminaria in support of his battle and his strength, wishing so badly that he could’ve been there that night with me, but knowing that he couldn’t travel in his condition.
With senior year Relay approaching fast, I am going headstrong into it knowing that my grandpa is doing much better, but still carrying a communication barrier, a stomach port, and unable to eat. There are moments where I think he must feel that all of the suffering and pain and problems he is still dealing with is a burden. Maybe he even asks himself why he fought in the first place. Then I remember that he is now in remission. Although the struggle was long and tough, I know he knows he made the right decision.
I don’t get to see my grandpa often being as he lives in Florida, so when I do, I take advantage of it. I hug him tighter and longer and laugh more and louder with him. I know life is short and anything can happen so take the time to tell the people you love that you love them. Take this as a sign to do it right now.
So, Relay is my time to tell my grandpa I love at an even greater level. If you’re reading this, Grandpa, I love you.
I ask that those of you who have visited my page as my supporters, please consider making a donation. One day, there won’t be a need for Relay for life and I am going to be doing my part every step of the way until that day comes.