What an amazing experience! This past weekend, I had the honor of participating in Santa Monica’s Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. It is a relay walk that spans 24 hours, with walkers representing their teams on the track for every minute of the 24 hours, since “cancer never sleeps.” This year’s event participants raised $97,000. We have until August 31 to raise the additional $3000 to meet Santa Monica’s goal of $100,000.
I had so much fun being a part of the activities planning committee, which meant making sure that all of the participants and their families had fun games to participate in. It seemed that everybody there was able to join in the fun of potato sack races, the obstacle course, tug-of-war, flag football, volleyball, veggie relay race, disco dance, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and so much more! It was so amazing to be a part of a community event such as this, where thousands of locals come together and share how they have been affected and mentally strengthened by cancer, want to help find a cure, and take the time to educate their children about the importance of helping the community and taking care of their own health.
The tradition luminaria at 9 pm was a remembrance and commemoration of loved ones who had been lost and the amazing survivors. At that time, all lights were flipped off and the glow of hundreds of singly lit luminaries lit up the track.
At that time the hundreds of participants walked on the track with only the sound of Amazing Grace played by a single bag piper, who lead a procession around the track to honor every person who had been touched by cancer.
Throughout the 24 hours, everybody in attendance were encouraged to make a Fight Back pledge. This pledge is a personal commitment that we make to “fight back” against cancer. I pledge to educate and encourage action in the people around me in using healthy diet, exercise, organic living, and mindful action to prevent cancer.
What is your pledge?