Why I Relay
Cancer has affected so many people I know and love that it's inspired me to join Relay For Life. This fundraiser is a community-based event, which means no two Relays are the same, but they all support the American Cancer Society's mission.
I became familiar with the American Cancer Society in 1986 after losing my Dad to pancreatic cancer 5-months after his diagnosis. In 2002 I lost my dear, dear sister Wendy at the age of 44 just 17 short weeks after diagnosis, leaving her two young daughters behind - Stacie & Lindsay.
Then in 2008 I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer and kicked its ass in honor of Dad and Wendy. Well wouldn’t you know it that darn cancer reared its ugly head and it came back in 2012. After a bi-lateral mastectomy and several months of treatment I again kicked its ass!
Cancer always seems to find its way back into my life. This past winter my partner Lorri went to the dermatologist to have an area on her arm checked. Fast forward 4 months and she now can call herself a cancer survivor. Four cancerous melanoma lesions removed.
2020 - What a year, in the midst of an epidemic my niece Stacie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Who would have thought 18-years after we lost Wendy, her daughter now had to fight this beast. This year, I am dedicating my fundraising to Stace.
Like many of us, I could go on and on about the countless number of friends and family that have fought or lost their lives to cancer.
I have been an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society throughout the years and whole heartedly believe in their mission. I have witnessed the srides ACS has made in conquering cancer along with providing so many great resources and services to Survivors and their Caregivers.
Your love and support throughout my journey and my fundraising efforts is both humbling and appreciated. Please consider helping me to reach my $2002.00 fundraising goal. This goal is in honor of Wen, my sister who we lost in 2002. TOGETHER, we can continue to make a difference.
I love you.
Survivor X 2