Why I Relay
"When I was a kid, I remember thinking that cancer was an ugly word. I had only heard it a couple of times, but each time I did I couldn't help but pick up on the hurt and pain behind the word, even when I didn't understand it myself. As I grew older, I heard "cancer" more and more often, hearing so many people discuss how cancer has impacted them and their loved ones - although I never really understood the gravity behind the word until my sister was diagnosed during her senior year of college, and I could do nothing but watch as a bystander while she fought. It was a very difficult moment for me when I felt as if I could do absolutely nothing to help her during this grueling time. Just after my sister's final treatments, my family had to hear this word a second time when my Dad was diagnosed, and there I was again feeling useless in a world that seemed blinded by the ugliness of cancer. After an almost two year battle, 10 days before I moved into my dorm to start my freshman year at UCLA, my wonderful Dad passed away, and in that moment I really understood what the word "cancer" means to so many people. I came to UCLA feeling lost, helpless, and broken, but when I heard about Relay for Life, I felt almost relieved to have found something I could do to help those suffering as a result of cancer. Finally I felt the sense of hope I searched for when I felt so small in the presence of such suffering. I Relay for my family friends, cousins, Granddad, Sister, and Dad - but most of all for a world free from cancer."
-Lauren Blankenship, Vice President of Mission, UCLA ACS on Campus
However sad it is to say, cancer has probably affected you and your loved ones in one way or another - through your coworkers, neighbors, aquaintances, friends, your family, as well as anyone in tow who has witnessed and experienced how life-changing a diagnosis can be.
Relay for Life is a light in this battle; it is a sense of hope for a future without cancer. I Relay for more birthdays and the birthdays lost fighting. Funds raised for Relay for Life support cancer patient programs and groundbreaking research that can help save lives. This event celebrates over 15.5 million cancer survivors nationwide - how many of those are your loved ones? Any and all support for this cause is SO appreciated, by me and the millions of other people who's lives have been impacted by cancer. Will you Relay with me (virtual or not)? And if you can’t would you be so kind as to make a donation?