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.


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!