Last Friday night, I walked in Relay For Life. Relay for Life is a fund raiser for American Cancer Society. All night long, each team "camps out" (though there's not much sleeping going on!) on a local high school football field, and at least one member of each relay team must be walking on the surrounding track at all times. There are Relay For Life events all around the world each year.
I was so honored to walk with my friend Ann, who I blogged about here. She is a survivor and a wonderful friend--I loved having all this time to chat with her! (Ann is a blogger too.)
I walked 10 1/2 miles through the night--about a mile an hour. (I got a lot of reading done back at the tent too!) Ann walked 19 miles!! Wow! Our mileage included some running too, which helped break up all the walking.
The night started out with a lap for survivors only. It was very touching, and I repeatedly got tears in my eyes. I think this couple were both survivors.
I was so proud of Ann as she walked by.
And the most touching moment for me was watching this young survivor walk by. As a mom, I can't think about her right now without getting tears in my eyes.
We headed home around 6 a.m. It was a long night, and I think I'm still recovering from the messed up sleep! But it was so worth it, and I'm really hoping to participate in another Relay For Life event next year. I'm even thinking about trying to get my own team together. I heartily encourage you to find an event in your area next year too!
Thank you to all of you who donated! I raised $250--and American Cancer Society will put that money to great use!