Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Relay For Life 2009

I know, I know...this happened weeks ago....

but you know how sometimes life just happens so fast...

I want to quickly thank those who helped and donated!

You guys freaking rock year after year...

THANK YOU!!!

I mean this from the very bottom of my heart...

I wouldn't even know where to start to tell you how fabulous you are!

so here is the Franklin County Relay for Life

From Divaeva's perspective...


Sisters in crime...



Baby Sheldon and his Relay for Life Anniversary bear

The reason we do what we do...This is the survivor lap...

brings tears each and every year for the past 11 years!




Marybeth joining me in the suriviors lap...

notice the fantastic weather this year?

We totally lucked out - it was fantastic!!!

My wonderful basket team.

Every year they threaten me and say this is the last year -

yet every year I sign us all back up and they work their asses off.

I effin'love these guys with all my heart!

Ryan, Rosa and Marybeth - THANK YOU!

Mom and Art's luminaria

We used sparkley glitter so we could find them this year!

Imagin how hard it is to find 5 luminaria when there are 5,000!


My dad and Charlie's.

Growing up we called him Uncle Chah'lie...

so we honored him as such.

We miss you Daddy and Uncle Chah'lie!

The Firda family...


Mom was just about to head to Texas for more testing.

She has been fighting thyroid cancer (hurtel cell) -

some weird, funky, f'up rare form that has a 90% chance to come back...

so we lit a special candle - said a special prayer (or 2, or 3...or 4)...

and she just let me know that all the tests came back

NEGATIVE!

That's right baby - NEGATIVE!

*happy dance*

Love you mom!

Middle of the fairgrounds...

breathtaking isn't it?

The bleachers...


This is what got me hooked...

To see the luminaria lighting up the fairgrounds throughout the night...

WOW!

As long as I am able - I will be there to help and do what I can.

to the left....

and to the right....

Simply amazing!

...and early Saturday morning the milk lady comes...

It's hard for me to sleep with all the emotions...

so the second the sun is up

I am ready - bright eyed and bushy tailed waiting....

I "heart" fresh, yummy milk!

The others, on the other hand...

could sleep through a hurricane - even in a tent!


They do work their asses off - the least I could do is let them sleep!


Each year my fabulous peeps and I run the

Baby Barnyard Basket Bonanza

that Ryan and I startted when we co-chaired the Relay 5 years ago.

This year we had 53 baskets

I would post pictures but I would be here until next June!

The Basket Bonanza raised $5,324.44!!!
The Relay total was at $280,000 at last total on Saturday at 3pm...

They are collecting monies until August 11th
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6 comments:

Divaeva said...

wow - I spent about 60 minutes loading all these pictures and writing captions and crying (I always get emotional with gratitude - I am crazy like that) and then the lightening blooped the internet and I thought I lost it....talk about a heart attack!?!
I am so effin'relieved! LOL I think it's cocktail time!

Krissy said...

Cheers to that!
It really is an incredible cause-I loved seeing the pictures from the event, thanks for taking the time to share them!

annie kelleher said...

wow that is just an amazing post - i had to read it three times - what an experience it must've been!! slainte!!!

Walk in the Woods said...

Wow. What a remarkable effort and yay for mom. Love, healing and best of intentions still en route. Love ya!

Tricia McWhorter said...

Thanks for all the beautiful pictures. The luminaria were beautiful in and of themselves but the meaning behind them made them absolutely spectacular. Way to go.

Anonymous said...

From: Mommie Dearest...
Of course got teary seeing Dad's, Uncle Charlie's, and Art's luminaries. And unbelievable to see one with my name. I never imagined that cancer would dare to be a part of me. But I am fighting my personal Dragon and I am winning... maybe even won! Thank you for my special candle. It worked. As you know my check up at MDA was benign, benign, benign. Effin' wacko nodes that look like cancer but once biopsied aren't cancer. But I guess that's "normal" for me. Had to get the most rare cancer around. MDA told me I was only the 15th this year.
So glad to see my grand skeleton, Sheldon, made it to the relay. Maybe next year I'll be able to join you for the survivors lap. Remind me early to plan to be there.