Throughout a single year everyone is impacted by cancer, we see and hear about someone being diagnosed, whether it is a co-worker, a friend, or a family member, I have been so blessed growing up to not have experienced that battle with any relatives or friends I am extremely close too.
However, this past year that changed tremendously. When a loved one goes through the battle of fighting cancer, you fully realize the part Relay For Life plays in this, the research completed, the more efficient treatment options, the advancements in surgeries needed, and the support and encouragement the staff at the hospital gives. You realize the impact each team and individual who participates has had.
This past year, I’ve seen how difficult the battle with cancer is on the individual and their family, but I’ve also experienced how it can be beat, though there are ups and downs, you keep looking ahead, one step at a time. This year for 2014, Relay has a whole new meaning to myself and my family. I am asking for your support and sharing my goal as I plan during the 24 Hour event to run 100 miles to raise money for Relay. My family has always supported me with my running, especially this person who has been fighting their battle with cancer this past year, I cannot think of a better way to honor them, and to help raise funds for Relay then by doing something I am passionate about and knowing the cause behind it for the day. Running a 100 miles on a turf 400 meter track in June, is not the most desirable or best conditions for such an event, by neither is cancer. Yet, this past year I have watched this person who is fighting their battle day in and day out make the best of their conditions and push on towards that finish line. And that is exactly what I plan to do as my motto says, “In my soles, I believe in a cure.”
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”—Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie (via vacants)
“Heroes don’t wear Tights, Flashy Colors, Masks or Capes.
They don’t have Super Powers.
The Real Heroes wear Camo, a patch of Red White & Blue on their shoulder, with Dog Tags hanging from their necks.
They have the Power of Courage, Honor and Sacrifice.
They’re the Heroes.”—Eve; (via love-and-beauty21.tumblr.com)