Relay for Life for Cancer

Jul 07

I recently participated for the first time in the Relay for Life event in Newmarket with the Mom’s On The Run team.  The Mom’s On The Run team is a group of ladies who fundraise for this annual event on their own as well as a team.  Over the last ten years, they have raised over $100,000.00

My Uncle died of cancer 11 years ago as well as a family friend 2 years ago.  I saw how fast the cancer can take over and it is a nasty disease.  I was invited to join this team and thought it was a fantastic way for me to give back.  A couple of weeks before the event, I also found out that someone close to me had cancer but thank god, it was reached in time and they are now cancer free.    The feeling of helplessness and knowing that there is nothing you can do made it very hard.

I would like to thank the many people there that day supporting those who have had cancer, currently fighting cancer and the survivors who were there to walk.  I had to pause on one of my laps during the twelve-hour period and take it all in.  It was very emotional to remember the past and loved ones who succumbed to this disease as well as to celebrate for the victories.  It was a bittersweet experience.

I relayed for my uncle and family friend and for all of those people fighting this disease now and want to make a difference in any way that I can.

I look forward to spending another twelve hours next year with this team of giving women and if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this night of strength and courage, you need to!

I will add a picture of the luminaries very soon.

 

When we work together, things can be accomplished!   

Darlene Morrison

 

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