• Suggestions for speech at Relay For Life

    Asked by Sunnydays on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Suggestions for speech at Relay For Life

    I'm giving the opening speech at Relay for Life on April 20th. It will be my first time talking publicly about my breast cancer. If you have any inspirational thoughts, poems, ideas, topics you think I should cover, please help me out.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Congratulations on being selected to speak at your Relay, it's an honor. I am a Hero Of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. I have given many speaches to various groups. If they have not given you a topic, you should speak to what is personal to you. Describe how you were diagnosed, then give the reader's digest condensed version of your treatments, how your doing now, how has cancer affected your life, how has support groups like WhatNext and resources at the American Cancer Society helped you, then close out with your hope for the future.
      Here are a couple of links to me giving my presentation to Relay groups. http://youtu.be/QgY_IxoF46o Jackson Tn. for Super Saturday event
      http://youtu.be/i68M-nE02dc In Nashville, Tn. for Team captain's university.

      Please email me gregatwhatnext.com if you need any help getting your presentation together.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar
      Sunnydays

      Thanks Greg, I'll check out those links. I haven't been given any instructions...thanks for your suggestions.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar
      Sunnydays

      Just spent an hour watching your talk and many others on utube, laughing and crying! Wow. So, now I'm inspired to write my speech...
      Anyone interested in joining our Relay team for April 20th in Fair Oaks (near Sacramento), California, please email me [email redacted]. We'd love to have you walk with us.

      almost 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Congratulations

      Keep the humor going. Practice your speech in front of a mirror at least three times and picture everyone in their underwear.

      And say" This is a walk that you hope in the next few years will be obsolete because we have finally found the cure for ALL cancers". So enjoy it while you can folks because the cure is in sight!

      God Bless,

      almost 4 years ago
    • EAGLESOAR's Avatar
      EAGLESOAR

      I made many speeches for the American Cancer Society's local branch of volunteers when I was a president. Our local branch raised thousands of dollars in fundraising and my speeches were of hope and the difference that everyone makes in reaching the goal of conquering cancer in our lifetime. I think everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and moves us to become a volunteer. Good luck on your 1st public speech...just be your wonderful self.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      I spoke at our local relay for like event a few years back. My message then was that we the cancer suvivors are not the heros of the relay for life or the cancer battle but that the cancer professionals that have dedicated thier lives to treating and resaearching cancer and the volunteers at the relay for life raising the funds for research, giving of thhier time and money, are the real heros. Hope your speach goes well.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Thank you Sunny, I hope I was able to give you some ideas on what to say, what direction to go. We all have a story, and all of them are important and inspiring for someone. You will do fine. Let me know if I can help with anything.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar
      Sunnydays

      Thank you all, appreciate all your great ideas. Definately thinking of everyone in their underwear is a great idea! :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      Just a thought to use the relay as an analogy.. when you get diagosed you Run with it... you hand off your fight to each wonderful Dr along the way.. surgeon, oncologist, plastic surgeon, radiation oncologist, etc. But, through this race, you meet some of the most wonderful folks, who cheer you on, who inspire you with their stories.. it is the way to win the race, any race..take it on as a challenge, set a goal to win, and you will be supported by others! Best of luck and make us proud!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar
      Sunnydays

      Debco,
      Great analogy idea, and so true! I'll use it! Thanks for your input!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Ronhirota's Avatar
      Ronhirota

      Anyone interested in joining our Relay team for April 20th in Fair Oaks (near Sacramento), California, please email me [email redacted]. We'd love to have you walk with us.
      What is your team name? Our relay is the Natomas relay on the same days as yours but we might try and get out there maybe Sunday. We're Roni's Racers.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar
      Sunnydays

      Hi Ronhirota, Too bad they are on the same day. If you can stop by, that would be fun. The location is the Sacramento Waldorf School, right on the American River, it is beautiful. Our team is the Tidal Waves. It is my daughter's team. She is 14 years old and has organized the largest team, and also organized all the musical entertainment and entertainment for children. I'm so proud of her! Our tent theme is Hawaiian - hope to see you at some point. If not, good luck with your Relay in Natomas!

      almost 4 years ago

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