Walking in the Relay for Life and lessons learned…

Today was fun!

We attended the Relay for Life event in the Cowichan Valley. My father-in-law Malcolm died earlier in the year from esophageal cancer, and my mother-in-law has been fundraiser and organizing for today’s event. The team was called Malcolm’s Fight.

Today I learned a few things…

  1. Never go to one of these events and expect to not be moved. Emotions are on the sleeves of most of the attendees. Most people are effected by cancer in one way or another. Expect to find extra moisture suddenly appearing in your eyes. It’s OK to show emotion…
  2. Never think that you are going to want to watch everyone go around and around on the track, and not want to join in at some point. I wore my flip flops due to a small toenail ‘removal’ last night on my mountain bike ride. They are not the best choice for footwear when you start doing lap after lap. Get up and participate!
  3. Don’t shy away from singing in front of hundreds of people. Even if you can’t carry a tune. Malcolm’s fight was a shy group that decided to sing “I will survive!”, and they belted it out. They got stronger during the song, and ended up winning the karaoke contest! Be brave…
  4. Kids can run for hours outside in fields without feeding them or needing to get their attention. Our kids ran and ran and ran. For hours. Isn’t that part of the cure for cancer? Stay active…

Here are a few pictures from today! Enjoy…

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4 Replies to “Walking in the Relay for Life and lessons learned…”

  1. Wasn’t it a great day for the Relay? Our community raised $51,000 in total, so it was a huge success!

  2. Yeah, my mom wants to do it yearly. Its a good memorial for Malcolm and other people we lost to cancer.

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