Saturday, July 9, 2011

Relay for Life 2011

As many of you know, my family has been greatly impacted by cancer. I've lost four uncles, and my brother is a cancer survivor. This year, we had the privilege of being a part of Relay for Life. My mom volunteered with organization and set up a team for my brother. As an added blessing, he was able to fly up here and take part.We had an amazing evening. This was a very emotional event for all of us.

Opening Ceremony:
Andy and Brendan

Enjoying the sunshine.


The survivor lap

Walking the track

Austin walked/ran over 8 1/2 miles on the track--34 laps. Crazy kid. He's definitely going to have to run track and cross country when he gets older.













Andy and the boys


As the sun went down, it got cold. I was really glad we hadn't elected to stay the night. Austin decided that Taylor's old BK sweatshirt was a lot more fun than the one he brought.


















What it's all about:

Remembering those we have lost. The luminary ceremony, complete with bagpipes, was hauntingly beautiful. To Uncle Bob, Uncle Billy, Uncle Duke, and Uncle Bill: we love you and miss you!













Celebrating those who have survived. Every time I look at this picture, it brings tears to my eyes. Andy battled cancer while I was pregnant with Brendan. To see them together reminds me of how blessed we are. To me, this picture symbolizes everything about the evening.

3 comments:

Alice Wertz said...

beautiful pictures of the event. it's such a wonderful event and big hugs to you and your family. thanks for sharing!

Nancy M said...

Thank you all SO much; I can't thank you enough, as I am a FOUR-time cancer survivor. All my best to your family.

Mary J said...

Looks like you had such a great day out! Thx for sharing honey!