These are just a few of the people in our family that we have lost to cancer and one of the reasons our family participates in Relay for Life.
Aunt San is another reason why we Relay. She is a survivor of breast cancer and we Relay to celebrate her beating cancer.
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser that allows whole communities to work together to raise money to fight cancer and hopefully eliminate cancer one day soon by walking (or running laps in Bubby's case) laps around a track. It truly gives those involved an opportunity to "celebrate, remember, and fight back." Businesses, community organizations, survivors, and families that have lost loved ones to cancer form teams to participate in the event. The event usually lasts for 24 hours and it is the goal that each team will have a representative on the track at all times. Our family does not have our own team, but we are proud members of Cory's Crew.
Cory is another reason our family participates in Relay for Life. Cory was the son and grandson of family friends that was taken from all of our lives way too early. In his few short years, he left quite an impact on the lives he touched. Our oldest daughter was quite fond of Cory. At age 5, she told us she was going to marry Cory one day and they would work with the pigs together. When Cory got his angel wings, Big Sissy said it was hard for us, but good for him as he was now in heaven.
Ultimately, our three children are the real reason we Relay. As we can only hope that they will be able to live the rest of their lives without having any more people in their lives diagnosed with cancer.