Thursday, April 12, 2012

we're back with something important.


relay for life. i must be honest. before getting sick i did not really rally behind the american cancer society or any causes surrounding cancer. but as you might imagine...when something like cancer hits home the way it did for us your heart changes a bit and this year we are participating in the virignia tech relay for life. this will be our first one and i am a little nervous that they will want me to wear a special t-shirt or a sash that says survivor. i know i survived and i am proud and thankful but i also do not like to draw a lot of attention to it. which is silly. it is not that i take it for granted or "it's not big deal that i had cancer and now i do not have cancer." it is a big deal. for sure. but no sash needed. 

because we have some of the greatest friends ever...our sweet friend katie who believes in what the relay for life is all about and is behind the fight to cure cancer. this year she rallied and created a team. read her thoughts below and some information about the relay for life event at virginia tech or if you want to come or support from where you might be reading this blog.  


 the summer of 2010 one of my closest friends Libby was diagnosed with lymphoma. that fall when i headed back to school  i told myself i was going to create a relay team in her honor. but sadly it did not happen. life got in the way and i was not on top of things and instead i joined a team i had been a part of in the past. i still participated with relay but i knew that i wanted to do more. so this year i decided that life would not get in the way because that is a terrible excuse. and i created Team Libby. for those of you not familiar with relay here is a little info:relay for life is an event hosted by the american cancer society every year. the american cancer society is the largest, nonprofit source of cancer research funding, and our mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, and service. Virginia Tech has the largest collegiate relay in the world. it is a huge event here. a little crazy. a lot of fun and such a sweet thing to get to be a part of.

this is my third year being involved with relay at tech and my first year being a team captain. our event is April 20, 2012 on virginia techs campus.i want to invite all of you to be a part of Team Libby!!!

Our Reason to Relay
Why 'Team Libby?' and why do we 'relay?'....
We relay to make a difference-to fight together-and to find a cure. As college and high school students we are teaming together to fight cancer. As members of Team Libby, we have all been touched in some way by our friend, Libby Ryder, and her fight against Lymphoma. We also invite you to read John Piper's article here, titled Don't Waste Your Cancer: 
John Piper writes on the eve of prostate surgery:
'I believe in God's power to heal by miracle and by medicine. I believe it is right and good to pray for both kinds of healing. Cancer is not wasted when it is healed by God. He gets the glory and that is why cancer exists. So not to pray for healing may waste your cancer. But healing is not God?s plan for everyone. And there are many other ways to waste your cancer. I am praying for myself and for you that we will not waste this pain.'
Team Libby wants you to partner with us! Partner in the fight, in prayer, in the journey of not wasting anything that the Lord puts in our lives. 

     We are making a difference by teaming up to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

there are a few ways that you can be a part of Team Libby
1. you can donate to relay for life using this link:
after clicking the link-click donate on my behalf and go from there
2. or you can order a team libby tshirt
this is the front left side of the shirt.
this is the back.
shirts will be $15 (proceeds will go to relay for life)
email orders to:
with the subject line: Team Libby T-Shirt and please include your name, size, and address

3. you can join team libby and come to blacksburg for the weekend!!
click join my team!

lets fight cancer together.
(be back friday night with the mamalode winner and a recap of our trip to kentucky)


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  2. My family & I participated in a local Relay for Life event last June in honor of my uncle who passed away from brain cancer in 2009. It was the best experience & event we all have attended. Our team raised a fantastic number to put towards cancer research, a bunch of luminaries were purchased in honor of my uncle from numerous people, and we were able to have a good, positive experience in honoring him. It's a very emotional experience, but it brings more peace & positivity towards all cancer related things. I really hope your team does well & you have a great experience with Relay for Life!

  3. I have participated in Relay for Life for the past three years at my university and it is always such an amazing and rewarding experience. Usually they do have Survivors wear 'Survivors' shirts and walk the first lap on their own as a sign of their strength but I'm sure that if you were uncomfortable with it you wouldn't have to. Your Relay is the same night as ours (though probably 3,000+ miles away) so I'll be thinking about you and Team Libby. I hope that you have a ton of fun and I can't wait to hear about your experience.


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