What a great relay we attended. The Northern Clay County Relay for Life is a huge success and the All Recipes Team
is especially proud of the response of our fellow members. Our goal was $1,000.00 and the AR membership generously exceeded that goal by $275.00.
(Edit 06/12/12: As of this morning, our team total is $1352.00 with one additional donation and the value of auction items added. AR members are awesome!)
The relay began with the survivors walk. As they walk around the track the survivors receive applause of congratulations
and encouragement from the spectators. As they cross the finish line they are joined by their caregivers for another lap of victory.
The walk of life begins as hundreds of people circle the track to honor or remember loved ones while showing their
supporters their commitment to the defeat of cancer.
There was entertainment provided by Studio 2 dance school as two groups of young ladies dance in sequence to some
high energy music. There were musicians, as well. When there wasn’t any entertainment, music would play over the PA. There were auctions for silent bidding, live auction items, food tents, crafts tents and information tents.
For the most part, your AR team walked in groups of two for one or two laps until the lighting of the luminaires
which is a solemn ceremony. There were three luminaires lighted to honor AR members. In the stand across from the activities, the word “HOPE” was in lighted luminaires and later, changed to “CURE”.
Yes, the folks of Northern Clay County had a high end relay. They have every reason to be proud of their event and
the organizers congratulated. They collected $25,277 dollars plus whatever pledges are not yet recorded.
And to the AR Membership I will say; I am very happy to have walked this relay representing you and, with the other
walkers, am incredibly proud of you for chipping in to this cause. And to mauigirl, Baking Nana and Cindy Lepp, we thank you for keeping our relay in front of the membership all day long.
When I was recovering from my own cancer, I expressed my gratitude for the support of the AR Community, with a heartfelt
poem. Right now, I think, would be a good time to re-publish it.
Friends in the AiR
They hold out their hearts to touch yours
And make offerings of friendship
To make one person feel welcome
Another to feel encouraged
Yet another to find direction.
Their words reach across nations
Regardless of peace or strife
These friends in the air stand strong
For their friends whose lives they share
To comfort, to laugh, to care, to weep.
Perhaps, not in body do they come,
Although they certainly have,
But in the bonds of friendship they travel
And in the bounds of caring they stay
These friends in the air shall prevail.
Friends in the air... Thank you!
Friends in the air... God bless you!