I started doing Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society 4 years ago. Relay for Life is a 24 hour event that usually takes place on a track where teams walk for 24 hours raising money for cancer research and support. My friend in crime Laura asked me to start a team with her and history was made! Our team has grown each year. The first year I was a team captain. The second year I was a team captain and a committee member. Last year I was the first Youth Engagement Chair in Hartland along with being a team captain. This year I was team captain/Youth Engagement Chair/survivor.
I have never been quiet about my cancer. I think just about everyone in Hartland got a chance to feel my tumor. I decided to talk about it to raise awareness. I was very surprised when other women in our community came forward saying they were also fighting breast cancer.
This year, being a survivor, brought home how much ACS does for cancer patients. It brings hope. Hope is so important to a cancer patient. It also brought home how many people I have supporting me in my fight. People I didn't even know were coming up and hugging me. Telling me they were praying for me.
This year, I spoke at opening ceremonies as a survivor. As much as I like to talk, that was the hardest speech to get through.
Thank god they got a pic of me crying and trying to talk in the paper! Yikes! Glad I had on my tiara that day....