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Friday, July 31, 2009

Relay For Life

It is our small communities 15th annual Relay For Life this week-end. My ex MIL is the chairperson for this and has got my youngest son Devin who is only 11 really involved with the whole thing, he is the youngest member of their team. He's been involved in the different things they have done to raise money, and even went around our neighborhood and collected over $100 in donations, all by himself! Devin's other grandma (my mom) died when he was only 6 1/2 months old, even though he and I spent every day with grandma those 6 1/2 months he of course has no recollection of this. But he loves being a part of the whole Relay For Life because he knows it helps others and he feels he does it in memory of his own grandma. So tonight while you are all relaxing, and settling down for the night my little Devin will still be out there walking around the track in memory of his grandma.

* they sold luminaries and people were able to decorate for someone they lost to cancer and even for the survivors of cancer, during tonight's event they will light the luminaries all around the track and they will take the time to read each and every persons name on the luminaries, its a very touching moment...this is the front and back of our luminary*

Last year the Relay For Life raised $409 million across the United States and 19 other countries around the world. In Nebraska (where we are from) there were 47 events that raised$ 3.3. million. About 40% of the money raised goes towards research, with the remaining 60% divided between education, advocacy, and patient services. The Relay For Life is a life changing event that brings together more that 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember those loved ones lost, and to empower individuals and communities to fight back against this disease.


Kathy B! said...

I'll be rooting for Devon. What a wonderful cause.

~Tom~ said...

What an awesome thing for Devin to be involved in. Then again I am not surprised. He is an awesome kid that has a mother that taught him. He has learned that love doesn't have to stop when the other person leaves this life.

As for you kiddo, I read your poem to your mom and I am all teared up now. Over the years I have seen how much you miss your mom. Although I had never met her, I already know her. She lives through you and all that you do.

I am sending you all the biggest hugs that the wind can carry from here to you.(((HUGZ)))

Cozyflier said...

Go Devin! How far is the relay? I use to ride my bike when I was his age and do a 25 mile bike-a-thon for the Cancer Society.

My Dad passed from CA and my kids never got to know him either. It is sad.

I'm proud of Devin for doing the relay.

Hey, I'll be saying 'HI' to you when I pass through your state next Monday I think. We leave Big Sky Sunday and go to Mt. Rushmore. Then Straight S to TX!!!! Don't know if you are in that part of Nebraska?

Sally's World said...

its wonderful of devin to get involved, so many kids his age (and older) are too wrapped up in themselves to spend time helping others like this.

you must be so proud, you set him wonderful examples obviously!

Juls said...

We love participating in Relay 4 Life in our community... we have ours usually in late April or early May. This last year we bought a luminary in honor of my dad...and it kind of saddens me that we'll be purchasing one in memory of him instead...but, a lot saddens me these days. Cancer is sooooooooooooooooooo horrible, and it's a great cause.
Thanks for your help on the unfollowing thing... you're a groovy chick!

Joanie M said...

This was the first year I missed our Relay For Life in some years. I wasn't able to take off work because I was taking off for my daughter's graduation and other things (like taking John to the doctor or hospital for his treatment.

One event John and I plan to attend is the Light The Night Walk for Lymphoma and Leukemia Society on pet 26.

Scot said...

A worthy cause if there ever was one! Glad to see your son taking such an interest at this early age!

Momza said...

Wow. What a worthwhile cause and a fantastic accomplishment by a young man!
And a great example too. Congratulations!!!!

Jack said...

That's awesome. Congrats. And for a little added inspiration about why this event is so important, I invite you and Devin and anyone interested to check out this short video -- -- about the "aha moment" of a Relay for Life participant who realized the impact of what she was doing. I think you'll like it and hope you'll also check out the rest of the site -- -- which was created by Mutual of Omaha to highlight inspirational stories, good works, and "aha moments" of all kinds. Perhaps you'll even share your own great story.

Thanks and good luck,