Saturday, June 15, 2013

Relay for Life!

Last night was the annual Relay for Life celebration in our town. I had decided earlier in the year not to be involved on a team this year. So I attended as a survivor only this time! If you've never been to a Relay for Life event, you should try to take one in. It's a wonderful evening, emotional for sure, but if you shed a few tears, just look around, you won't be the only one! It's all good!

Hubby showed up straight from work, pencil on his ear and all. Take note of the purple caregiver ribbon each survivor is given to pin on their caregivers. 

The committee puts on a lovely meal for the survivors, and one honorary survivor gives testimony to their journey. After the meal, we are escorted by a bag piper and an RCMP officer dressed in Red Serge, across the street to the field where the event takes place and the survivors walk the first lap on their own and then the second lap with our caregivers. Yup, to say for sure, that part is quite emotional. For those of us walking and for those standing on the sides cheering us on. I always walk with my cousin and dear friend Gail, she is a 12 year breast cancer survivor and she has been a great strength and encouragement to me.

It's a time to celebrate survivors, to give hope to those who are fighting and a time to remember those who fought hard and lost the battle! I love walking the track and reading all of the luminaries in memory or honour of so many people who have had cancer. There are always lots of names that I recognize, some that are new each year, some that have changed from "in honour" to "in memory". A new one at our relay this year was in honour of Kaaren, from the Painted Quilt. She was not able to be with us this year, but she was there in spirit! Maybe next year Kaaren!

Anyway, I wanted to share a few of the pictures with you. I didn't take many myself, but a friend of mine who takes them for the local paper always takes lots and is always generous to share them with us. Thank you to Karla Kelly for most of these pictures!


  1. Thank you for such a wonderful post. No dry eyes here. My sister is a six year breast cancer survivor and does the walk every year.
    God Bless all of you.

  2. I'm bawling like a baby right now after reading your post, Darlene.

    Thank you so much to you and Gail for thinking about me. I was definitely there in spirit, along with my Mom who lost her battle to this dreaded disease in June of 2006.

  3. What a wonderful event, and a great way to take stock of all our blessings. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. What a beautiful event! I have never been to relay for life, we do Susan b koemen race for the cure. I am a survivor too!

  5. So nice to read about your experience at the Relay For Life. I am glad you were able to walk the Survivor Lap. It is an evening filled with many emotions.