As you may have noticed, the LadyBallers will be participating in the Downtown Orlando Relay for Life event coming up this May. I have taken the lead for our LB Team as cancer has greatly impacted various members of my family and friends. We feel that this is an important event and an important cause.
To give you a bit of info about the event if you are unfamiliar, Relay for Life benefits the American Cancer Society. Relay is "a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events and 18 hours in length." It will be a challenge for us, but a challenge worthy of our efforts and energy.
As I mentioned, "The Big C" has affected several members of my family. When I was very young, one of my father's sisters died as a result of a stomach cancer. A close family friend has struggled with cancer for many years, and is thankfully currently in remission. During my junior year in high school, I watched daily as my step-father struggled with lung cancer and the tremendous effect the chemotherapy had on his body. After many long months, he lost his fight against the disease. My grandmother had a bout with breast cancer, became sick suddenly from what we thought was pneumonia. However, her death certificate states lung cancer as the cause of death.
Most recently, my brother was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 27. This is obviously something I never expected. For this to happen to someone not only close to me, but close to my age was very frightening. It really hit home to me that there is not always a rhyme or reason for why people are stricken with such an awful disease. Thankfully, my brother was very strong through his many months of chemo, and is now happy and healthy!
This is something that I'm sure we all either have or will face in some form in the future. Share your stories in the comments if you'd like. Please help the LadyBallers in our fight either by donating or joining our Relay team! We and the American Cancer Society greatly appreciate any help you can give!