Friday, February 17, 2012

Relay For Life: Fighting Back Against Cancer

I thought for a long while how to start this post, and nothing seems quite adequate. First, let me apologize for interrupting the usual Freaky Friday fun. Second,  please understand that in no way do I want to "guilt" you into action or make you feel bad. This is simply an issue near and dear to my heart, and I wanted to share it with you. I've learned so much about each of you from your blogs. Today, I hope you'll be willing to learn a little more about me.
My mother holding baby me
Twelve years ago my mother died of stage four ovarian cancer. She battled the disease for eighteen months before it claimed her life. She was 41 years old. Upon her death, she left behind a six year old son, a fifteen year old daughter, family and many friends. She was well loved by those that knew her.
Since then, my aunt - who you'll recognize from the family stories as Auntie N - has worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research and awareness. She's held a walk in my mother's memory several times. This year, she's created Team Frogs (my mother loved these slimy little creatures) and joined with Relay for Life.
In the words of the American Cancer Society, "Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease." Different relays take place all across the country. They even have a special event for dogs called Bark for Life. You can find an event in your area here.
Team Frogs will be walking in the relay on Saturday, June 2nd starting at 1pm. If you're in the New York City area, we hope you'll join us. For more information about the event, go here. And if you'd like to join our team or donate to the cause, check out the Team Frogs page. My personal page for the event is also here. I know that the difficult economy has caused strains on families all around the country, and finding that extra money is difficult. Please do not feel obligated, but if you can spare even a dollar, know that it is greatly appreciated.
It is my greatest wish that we see a cure for this disease within our lifetimes, and that cancer becomes a word associated with the history books. Thank you all for reading and spending a piece of your time getting to know my story.

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  1. It is a wonderful cause and having walked in the Walk your aunt has planned the last few years was an amazing experience. I hope many people will open up their hearts and donate to this most important cause.

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  2. Breaks my heart. 41 is waaaay too young. Thank you for posting this. My little 3 year old boy is a cancer survivor... it's been quite the battle. I love good people who spread the word. You're amazing.

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    1. Morgan, God bless your little boy and you!

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    2. Oh Morgan, I am so happy to hear that your little boy is a survivor. It does my heart good to hear positive stories. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have a son with cancer. YOU are the amazing one.

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  3. I'm all over supporting this hon. I didn't know your mom died from ovarian cancer. I always thought that was one of the more treatable types. So very sad. My dad died from a rare type of bladder cancer at age 48. Strange how it seems to have touched everyone I know now, in some way.

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    1. It's amazing to find out similarities like this Heather (even though they're not the ones we'd like to have in common). I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Ovarian cancer is treatable in the early stages. Unfortunately, they call ovarian cancer the silent killer since the symptoms are usually not found until its too late. I want to see this changed so badly, and more so to see a cure.

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  4. Sorry to hear. Love seeing you around the internet!

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    1. Hi Walter! Thank you for your support.

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  5. I didn't realize your mother was so young when she passed. We recently lost someone to ovarian cancer - she was 38 years old, and she left behind 3 girls: a 16 year old, a 7 year old, and a 4 year old.

    It breaks my heart to know that you have suffered the same as those girls in losing your mother at such a young age, but at the same time, I know that you're stronger by having gone through that experience and that everyday you live your life and make your mother proud.

    Hugs and loving thoughts your way, hon!

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    1. Melinda, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your kind words. And being a wonderful friend and support.

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  6. So sorry to hear about your loss, Tina. This is truly a wonderful cause. I usually walk two Relays for Life each year. Best of luck!

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    1. Hi Carrie! Thank you! And two relays? That's awesome!

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