I am truly delighted that my regular babysitter Alyssia has created a team in my honor for Lancaster's Relay for Life. This American Cancer Society event takes place April 17-18 at Quartz Hill High School.
The team is named "Saints and Spirits Take Flight". (For those of you not local, the Catholic Schools in our area are the Sacred Heart Saints and the Paraclete Spirits, so this team name signifies the families involved with both the K-8 parish school and the valley's Catholic high school.)
This is a 24 hour event where teams camp out at the high school football field in tents and take turns walking or running around the track. Each hour is covered by a team member, representing the fact that cancer never sleeps. The team as a whole raises money for cancer research.
At night, the track is lit by candles, each burning in honor of a donor's loved one who has fought or is still fighting this disease.
So many of you have asked what you can do to help me, so I put this information out here not to pressure you into donating or joining the team, but just so you know this is something you can do if so inclined.
If you follow this link, it will take you to our team's section of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life site. There are options on this page to 'Join the Team' (a great thing to do if you are local and really want to get involved), 'Donate to the Team' (a wonderful thing for anyone who can do it, near or far) or 'Luminaria'. Luminaria is your opportunity to light one of those candles that burns all night for a specific person you may have lost to cancer or who is still fighting the fight.
I have gained so much from the research done on this disease so far. The tireless work of scientists and doctors could not take place without the donations of people like you and me. As I make my donation, I am thinking of how much more has to be done before my children don't have to fear this disease.
If you can, please join the Saints and Spirits. Anything at all is a help.