Some of you may know that my wife has been the event chair for this year’s Oro Valley Relay for Life…and that she recruited me to be the online chair.
If you’re not familiar with Relay for Life, it’s an overnight event that raises money for American Cancer Society. Teams of people (including friends, family, and survivors) have someone walk the track ALL night long. Cancer doesn’t sleep, so we don’t sleep for a night either.
The event is this coming weekend, which means that we’ve spent the last few weeks putting out fires, solving crisis after crisis, and stress eating. That last one may be less about the event and more about the availability of red vines.
That being said, we do this because we know if really helps. This organization is the real deal – driving big research studies (they were the organization that proved the link between smoking and cancer) and helping people in your community by proving tons of support and services.
My grandmother died of pancreatic cancer when I was 6. I barely knew her at that age, but miss her very much and can see how much it still hurts my mother. In 1982, it was a death sentence to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. If she had that same diagnosis today, she’d have a fighting chance thanks to the work done by American Cancer Society.
There are many Relay For Life events in the US – if you’re interested in helping out and raising mony for a good cause, you can search for a local event here.
If you or anyone you know has cancer, be sure to send them to the American Cancer Society site to connect with local resources for education, support and other programs to make things easies.