• Relay for Life

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Relay for Life

    Anyone participating in the Relay for Life? Or have your participated in the past? I'm attending the one here in the DFW area on Sept 29th. This will be my first event since finishing chemo in March. I hear it's a very rewarding experience.

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Congratulations for taking the step. I stayed away from relay for 18 years after being a survivor for that long. I thought I would go, help, volunteer, etc. After My last diagnoses and loosing my mom and dad my wife and I decided to help. It has been the best thing I have done since being diagnosed. Attend the relay, then if you like you can get in deeper, join a team, or just show up at relay fund raisers. EVERY relay event likes to have survivors around to show why we relay, TO PROVIDE MORE BIRTHDAYS! I was nominated to the Hero of Hope speakers program for the american cancer society, I travel and talk to groups about the ups and downs of cancer, treatment, etc.
      go to relay.org and look through the website. you will find lots of info.

      Hope you like it, and hope your doing well!

      about 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I highly recommend it. I participated 2 or 3 years prior to being diagnosed with cancer and two times after being diagnosed. A good friend of ours was a team captain and got me and my husband I interested. I crocheted items that I sold at the Relays. I enjoy walking the track, visiting with other team members and looking at what others are selling also. Our Relay is in normally in April because it is too hot here in the summer. As a survivor, I am treated as an honored guest with free gifts and a meal and some entertainment. When it gets dark the luminaries (sacks with sand and a candle) are lighted along the path. It is very beautiful. Luminaries are decorated and sold prior to the Relay to raise money and are a tribute to survivors and memorials. Ours also has fireworks, activities for children, and Miss Relay contest (for men dressed up like women). My picture that I use for this site is of me walking the survivor lap (first lap of the day at the Relay) with other survivors with my "survivor" sash on. I am wearing a hat like the ones I sold at the Relay.

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Greg, it's great to hear how involved you are with the American Cancer Society and public speaking. This is something that I hope to do one day. I think I can help people who may be struggling or just need someone to talk to but I'm just not sure how to go about it.

      Cindy, I can tell you truly enjoy participating. Your hats are cool too!!

      Reading your responses makes me even more excited to be participating. Thanks for the feedback.

      about 4 years ago
    • SurvivorLiz's Avatar

      Relay for Life is definately a very rewarding experience. My niece got up a team to honor many family members that have or have had cancer. I went last year less than two months after having the Whipple operation. It was a tiring day but very rewarding. The survivors were treated like royalty. This May I was honored to be asked to speak at the Relay. That was a very humbling experience. My husband gave his testimony, free from prostate cancer, then I gave my testimony of survival from pancreatic cancer. We lost a brother to lung cancer during this time so it was hard to help lite the luminaries in his honor. He had a 10 year old son so I couldn't help but ask why him, why not take me? My kids are grown and married. Then again I know God doesn't make mistakes. Do go you will not regret it. and should have a grand time.

      about 4 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar

      I did two this year in San Francisco and the first was motivation for me to heal quickly after radiation. The first was in April and the last in August. It is a very rewarding experience. I think everyone who can Relay should, even if it's just the survivor lap and being there for others to talk to.

      about 4 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar

      I did it once about 20 years ago, and I did it again this year. It's nice. It's kinda fun getting recognition for going through a very rough time, and living. It's good to see other survivors.

      about 4 years ago
    • Reeses' Avatar

      This will be my 3rd year participating. The first time I joined with some new friends without any real purpose in mind. I had so much fun I knew I would do it again the next year. Last year was very busy with life changes so I wasn't as involved in fund raising or pre-relay events, but still managed to raise nearly $500 with one bowling event. This year Relay for Life means more to me than ever. 3 Members of my family have been diagnosed this year making a total of 6 immediate family members affected by it as well as several extended family members. So this.year we are forming a Family team. I am also the Team Development Chair! Don't hesitate to join. You won't regret it.
      I did walks for another organization in the past. Relay ostensibly far more organized, fun, & emotionally rewarding.

      about 4 years ago
    • planogirl60's Avatar

      I've been involved in Relay for 8 years now. This year I will serve as Co-chair of my local Relay. It will be as good as what you want to put into it. The Survivor lap is very emotional.

      about 4 years ago
    • JoLoaretti's Avatar

      My husband I I got Married at the Ventura California Relay for life, in May 2011, since He was diagnosed, and after his 1st Bone marrow transplant(before we met), someone from our Local relay ask David for a donation & he kinda of laughed & told her he was more of a recipient these days as he was not even 6 months post transplant, she welcomed him to join them for the survivor lap so he joined up & started a team...knowing nothing about Relay, he showed up less than prepared, but very soon hei relay community had embraced him, soon some one had a pop up for him & all the other small things he forgot, he & his family stayed all night, and David was so moved by the love & support of his community that he did not want to leave when it was over. we met shortly after that actually on the 6 moth anniversary of his BMT, we fell in love and all our dreams came true AFTER a bad cancer diagnosis, we thought of all the places we could get married, but the one thing we did the most while dating had been the relays, we did all the relays in our county, and when we started to plan the wedding the American cancer Society let us tag on to our local Relay for life, the slogan is more birthdays...how bout more weddings more anniversaries, more births more babies more birthdays...great cycle, so my husband was the first survivor to marry his true love at a Relay for life event...it was magical. we ask our Relay community to join us & try & break the world record for the most bridesmaids, we had nearly 200 wearing all the colors of cancer awareness ribbons... mostly just to raise a rukus and get MORE attention to the event, we both still do as many relays as we can. My husby just had his 2nd bone marrow transplant and while we were still living on the hospital grounds we participated in the Duarte relay, and we got home just in time to particpate in our local Relay in Ventura for our 1 year anniversary. we are Mr & Mrs Relay for life.... Join us, join our community http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st2OsHc_qmQ

      about 4 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      I have not found a team, but I did participate in the survivor lap. My husband surprised me by asking my family and friends to show up. I had no idea they were coming. After my lap, he took everyone out to dinner. It was a wonderful surprise. It's amazing the survivors you see and didn't know they had been effected. Just proves you're aren't alone on this journey.

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Awesome Feedback!!! Makes me look even more forward to the event!!! Thanks everyone for sharing your stories!!

      about 4 years ago

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