I wasn't sure if I wanted to or not, but about 2 weeks before the event I decided to walk in the survivors lap at Relay for Life.
I wasn't on a team and didn't raise any money, I just walked the survivors lap and another lap with my supporters. Three of my Red Hat friends came with me. I did receive compliments on the flag I had along with me :-)
We are hoping that next year we can get a team together. We have several survivors in our Red Hat group and we also have friends who've been affected.
I am towards the front of the group...you can barely see the top of my head in the above photo.
This is the start of the relay.
The first lap, the survivors lap was at 10AM and there really were not a lot of people in attendance. I was disappointed. It was warm, low 80's....when the sun went under a cloud and the breeze hit you it was almost perfect. More shade would have been ideal.
I haven't gone to Relay for Life for many years, it used to be in the small city where I live, but this year it's in a neighboring city. Usually it is an overnight event...but it's not this year either.
We think it will be back in our city next year, that way you can go home and rest when you want and come back later for the evening events. It's usually so cool, various decorated tents, the luminaires, etc.
I've had precancerous cells and some squamous cell skin cancer but not REAL cancer until last year so I never heavily participated before.
It was also sad to see that the veterans who were there were all old, no young men or women participated.
Who is going to be responsible when all the retirees are gone??? Who?