Eric's Relay Page

I’ve Raised $2,180
My Goal $2,500.00
Why I Relay

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!


Funds raised support cancer patient programs and groundbreaking research that can help save lives. This event also celebrates over 15.5 million cancer survivors nationwide. 15.5 MILLION. That's huge. That's why I'd love your support. Would you be so kind as to make a donation?

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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.

More than
$417 million as of
august 2019

Funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants.

1.42 million in 2018

Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support.

More than
477 thousand in 2018

Nights of free lodging provided to patients at Hope Lodge® communities.

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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.  

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