Relay for Life is definitely something special. It’s a time when you can come together with others who have been touched by cancer, talk about your journey, and be there for each other in a way that is unexplainable.
My family has definitely been and continues to be touched by cancer to this day. We have gone through many things that maybe you have too – triumph, loss, and hope. Triumph for those who have overcome it. Loss for those who we have painfully lost. And hope for those who continue to fight this day. I always knew that it affected me, and over time I really thought I had moved forward from the hurt, sadness, and struggle during that time – until going to Relay for Life. There’s something that happens to you when you physically do something which represents emotion and feelings. Most of the time people cry who would never cry, and laughs are had by those who would usually struggle to do so. It’s like there’s something in the air. Something that heals.
The best thing about Relay for Life is that everybody – and I mean everybody can get involved. It is held during different times of the year, at all different locations, so I’m sure there’s one near you. People gather in teams to either walk, run, stroll, or roll to complete laps around ovals or tracks for 12 hours straight. Each lap represents that cancer never rests – and so neither do we. Most venues have different things to remember each lap you have completed. Our has beads, which means that after you have finished you have a special memento of the event – and better yet you can wear them again the next year! You will also find entertainment, food trucks, activities, music, performances, and special laps to signify certain people. The first lap is for the survivors, and a candle-lit lap is for all those lost. You can register early or just come on the day and join a team. Bring the whole family, work colleagues, or just yourself – the possibilities are endless. You can also pitch tents to nap in, bring shelters to stay warm in, or have places to go for somewhere cool to retreat to.
This is such an amazing community event and one of the most beautiful and wonderful things I have ever participated in. So if you have been touched by cancer, and want to be a part of something bigger, something that will give you so much more than what you think, then visit the website below and register TODAY.
If you also need more information about cancer, or need support, please visit the Cancer Council online at: https://www.cancer.org.au/