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WHY DO WE RELAY???

Our daughter, Mary, began this team in memory of her granddad, my father-in-law who lost his battle to lung cancer in 1986. We work year round raising money for ACS in fun, unique ways and every spring we participate in our area's annual Elizabeth River Relay For Life Event held at Portsmouth City Park. This blog is to keep our team and others updated on our team's activities and events as well as to share about the American Cancer Society and all the work they do to find a cure for cancer. We hope you will stop by often and leave us a post or two .... we're always open to suggestions and ideas.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MINI - RELAY ... BIG SUCCESS!!!!

Mary has been working on getting some elementary schools active in Relay For Life by holding mini-relays and one of our local schools came on board. Coincidentally, it was the same Elementary School she and her brothers attended as young children. She told the story to our local newspaper of collecting business sized cards that were handed out yearly during smoke-free week campaigns at Simonsdale and giving them to her grandfather "Abie" who was a smoker. She tried and tried every year to get the message to him about the dangers of smoking. It was after his diagnoses that he told her he should have listened and quit smoking ... Abie died of lung cancer in 1986 and it is in his honor Mary began this team ... and last night she along with many of the team members were back in the halls of Simonsdale Elementary holding a Mini-Relay For Life Event.
There was time for the Survivors to be honored, the Caregivers to be thanked, Luminaries to be lit in honor of those who are or have battled cancer, and for us all to come together and Hope and Fight Back for a cure. The children were the cheerleaders as survivors and caregivers walked the first lap ... then they participated in some relay games that brought awareness to them of cancer. The parents and families were very supportive of the cause some signing up as survivors themselves and some taking information on how to start a team. We cannot thank the staff enough for all the hard work and time they put into the event ... it truly was a wonderful experience for all of us that were there! THEY RAISED OVER $1400.00 FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ... WHAT A WONDERFUL THING!!!!

SMILING FACES AWAIT RELAYERS :0)

SOME OF THE FANTASTIC STAFF AT SIMONSDALE ELEMENTARY ... THANK YOU!!

THAT'S RIGHT ... NO TOBACCO!!!

MORE SMILING FACES READY TO GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT "ROAD TO RECOVERY"

SUN SAFETY ... VERY IMPORTANT!!!

LET'S GET PHYSICAL!!! GOOD HEALTH IS A MUST !!

CELEBRATE ... REMEMBER ... FIGHT BACK ... HOPE

THE BALLOON ARCH ...
THE COLOR GUARD FROM WILSON HIGH SCHOOL'S ROTC START THE EVENING OFF

GOOD FOODS AND SNACKS ARE ALWAYS AN ATTRACTION

HOW LOOOOW CAN YOU GO???

HOOLA HOOPIN' AND MORE ACTIVITIES