Monday, May 7, 2012

Relay for Life 2012

Before I begin I have to admit something: I am ambitious. Sometimes to the point that I create situations that seem impossible. This is one of the times that I thought I had bitten off more than I could possibly chew.

For the last three years I have been a captain for a Relay for Life team. For anyone who isn't familiar, Relay is an organization that raises money for the American Cancer Society. The event is set for a Friday night and Saturday morning and members of the community form teams, usually through schools, churches, businesses, etc. These groups can also be family groups who Relay for a certain person. For 2 years our team was named in Johnathan's honor, but this year I thought bigger. Why not create a team for my high school to honor all of our faculty survivors and give our students a cause to rally around?

That's how Rebels with a Cause was born.

In my ambition I set our fundraising goal at $5,000. Please keep in mind that while that doesn't seem like much money when you consider that research and medical progress is incredibly expensive, it is an incredibly large amount to raise in a small community where a high percentage of our students are socio-economically disadvantaged.  It was a lofty goal; it seemed impossible.

But we did it.

Today, our total nears $5,500 for a world where cancer is a thing of the past. Our Relay event was held this past Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5. I could not be more proud of what we accomplished as The Little Relay Team That Could.

 Team WLHS: Rebels with a Cause
 One of my dearest co-workers, a great friend and a SURVIVOR!
Johnathan and me in our team shirts. He is my reason to RELAY!

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