Kristin's Relay Page
Why I Participate in a Relay Event
I attended my first Relay event in 2015; and to say that it moved me would be an understatement. From the torches and luminaria bags to the silent/bagpipe laps to the incredible survivors, these events continue to move me to tears…and to participate. The funds we raise provide so much more than research. They provide free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, a 24/7 helpline, and education and prevention initiatives.
They provide love and support. They provide community. They provide HOPE.
Who I’m Participating For
I walk for everyone who has had to fight this fight...either for themselves, or alongside a loved one…and it pains me that my list gets longer every year.
In particular, I walk:
For my brother, diagnosed in the fall of 2014 with throat cancer, and still cancer free today! Woo hoo!!!!!
For my dear sister Carrie, one of the most important women in my life, who lost her father to pancreatic cancer.
For my sister's best friend Lisa, and also my dear friend, who lost her father the very same way.
And for Lisa's sister Linda, Linda's daughter Corie, and the rest of the Connolly family.
And for Suzanne Chambers, in memory of her dear husband David, who also lost his battle with that ugly beast.
In memory of Bailey. I miss you every single day, Muffin. xoxo
In memory of Glen Helmstetter. Never before did I witness a more positive and determined person. I was blown away by him on an almost daily basis and was beyond honored to call him my friend. And for his amazing wife, Amanda. They defined the word team. It utterly broke my heart to change this one to past tense. You are dearly missed, you wonderful man. And you are much loved, Amanda.
In honor of Shirey Hoskins Hunnings, a beautiful, charming, and funny woman, whom I only had the good fortune to meet because of this stupid disease. She has kicked its butt and laughed in its face. I'm so glad I hopped off that stool to hug you, lady!
For Jana Stough-Stickrod...my incredibly dear (and oldest) friend, in honor of her loving father...my second dad growing up.
For Shana Lourie Sutton, currently kicking butt, and her steadfast husband, Scott.
For Adrienne Caldwell Chitnis, Melanie Caldwell, Laura Caldwell Yurick, and their entire family, in honor of little Lexie, niece, daughter, granddaughter. What a blessing that she is doing so well.
For Norma Khalil, the biggest booty kicker of them all!
For Lisa Vellieux-Karp, one of the strongest and most impressive women I have ever met. Kicked its butt, took its name, and never looked back!
For Darraugh Collins, in memory of her beloved father.
For Chris Watkins, in honor of his father. Geez, I miss you.
For Naomi Dingman, a true inspiration!
For Moxie O'Connell, for both her mom and dad.
For Russ and Melissa McBryde, in memory of their sweet Sassy Girl!!!
For Jennifer Ruda, another absolute booty kicker...who I can only hope will finally be done with this mess. I am forever rooting for you!
For Andrew Alvarez, in memory of his incredible father, Oscar. It was an honor to hold his legs. ;-)
For Kelly Daugherty and Chad Osborne, in memory of their sweet girl, Mercedes.
In memory of Miss Sassy Pants herself, Mardi Wolfson.
For Mary Holubek Mireles, in memory of her mother. Hugs, Mare.
In honor of Mr. Marty Berning. Keep on rockin'!!!
For John Valentino, in loving memory of his mom.
For Lynda Andrews Genson, in honor of her mom. Two seriously amazing ladies.
In honor of Dana Lee Dye. She makes us all look bad.
For the ultimate beast, Joey McGlamory, in memory of his mom.
For Jen Crowe, in memory of her dad, James Story, lost in 1997. And now in honor of her sweet Etta. I love you!
For Dawn Chapman, in honor of her sister and brother-in-law Nikki and Steve Shamblin, both diagnosed and cleared nearly simultaneously. Incredible!!!
For the fabulous Sherry Rosen, in memory of her mom, Ritta Glass. I love your face.
For Katherin McNally, in loving memory of her brother Marty.
For my co-worker and friend, Mark Brown. So thrilled you are in the clear!
And for our fearless leader, Daniel. In honor of his lovely mother, Barbara.
In honor of Kat…still cancer free!
In honor of Cathy Pfingsten. Always our biggest fundraiser and cheerleader…now we turn our efforts to supporting her. You’ve got this, Cathy; and we’ve got you!
Thank You Donors
HOW FUNDRAISING IMPACTS YOUR COMMUNITY
Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.
Like so many others, breast cancer is a very personal cause for me. It gives me the chance to make a difference and to honor those touched by breast cancer by raising funds for groundbreaking research, and services for people dealing with breast cancer. I believe that there will come a day where the pain caused by breast cancer is a thing of the past. And until it arrives, I'm walking to inspire hope to those facing the disease and raising money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event to help save lives from breast cancer.
Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer.
I have signed up to walk and fundraise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I hope you will consider joining me and/or making a donation in support of my efforts. Together, we can make a difference.
Breast cancer affects everyone - it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman. That's why I'm stepping up to fight breast cancer with all I have. Since I'm in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so. By raising money and awareness through Real Men Wear Pink, I'm helping to save more lives from breast cancer.
Every day, the American Cancer Society is saving more lives from breast cancer than ever before. They're helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early, when it's easier to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it. They fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and they're working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.
Would you like to lead the team or join the team?
This isn’t what I wanted.
Cancer has touched all of us in some way. And we want to stop this disease in its tracks. We'll spend the next few weeks fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Then, on the day of the event, we'll honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others.
Together, we'll be a part of making a difference in this important cause.
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