Why I Relay
Before 2012, I only knew cancer as a disease that had impacted many people over the years and that many families had suffered through the loss of a loved one. That all changed for me in February of 2012! I called my mom to see how her and my dad were doing as I often did. My dad was going through his chemo treatments, but they had traveled down to Louisiana just 3 months ago and I had spent the previous Thanksgiving with them and even played a round of golf with my dad. So I still thought all would be ok, he just needed to go through treatments and everything would be back to normal, he was a fighter. Everything changed that day, the tone in my mom’s voice let me know things were not normal. He had a rough day and this treatment hit him different than previous ones. But she said he'd be ok, just a rough treatment.
In June, I was called and told I needed to come home, Dad wasn't doing well and she just needed me home. When I arrived at the hospital she met me outside, I’ll never forget the hug she gave me, and the hug she needed from me. That's when it hit me how bad it was going to be.
It had been 7 months since I’d seen my dad, I was not prepared for what I saw when I entered his room. He had lost so much weight and looked very weak. But he still had that smile and gave every effort to seem ok. I left after spending a few days with them. Dad was in and out of the hospital over the next 5 months. We all came in for Thanksgiving and he made sure the doctors knew they wouldn't keep him in the hospital with his family in for "HIS" holiday. Family and togetherness meant everything to him. We got to spend Thanksgiving with him at home, he could only set on the couch but you could tell it meant the world to him having everyone together.
When we left a few days later to head back to Louisiana, I knew it was the last time i'd see him. I still remember hugging him bye and feeling how frail he was. Less than two weeks later, the morning of December 5th, I received the call from my mom, dad had passed while in the hospital. I'll never forget that moment, the emotions that came over me and emptiness that I felt.
Cancer didn't just impact my dad, it had taken a toll on my entire family and so many friends my dad had made over the years.
Within the next 5 years our family lost 2 additional family members to the fight against cancer.
I now RELAY because we can never stop the fight, we have to be the ones who push for a cure and to help those that are fighting today and those that will have to fight tomorrow and beyond. Every donation helps, regardless of the amount. Please help us continue the fight against cancer, your donation matters!
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