Friday, April 25, 2008

Relay for Life

Tonight is St. Lucie County Chapter of Relay for Life!

This event has always been special to our family. My father was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999. He underwent surgery and chemo to remove the cancer. All the while, he continued to work full time as a deputy sheriff. He would take his chemo treatment during lunch then head back to work. I get tears in my eyes every year at "Relay" when he participates in the Survivor's Lap when I think how how close we were to loosing him. We have lost many family members to cancer:

My Grandfather "Bimp" (Dad's Dad) - Colon Cancer
My Great Grandfather "Bumpy" (Dad's Grandfather) - Colon Cancer
My Aunt (Dad's sister-in-law) - Colon Cancer
My Grandmother "Nana" (Mom's Mother) - Liver & Bone Cancer

My family has participated in the Relay since Dad was diagnosed. Mom has held a Chair possition on the Board of the local chapter for many years, and each year (on the weekend of my birthday - it makes it so much more special) we gather to remember our family members we lost and to celebrate my Dad.

I'll post some photos from the event this weekend.


Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

Have a good time tonight. Sorry to hear that your father had colon cancer. Mike's mother was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and underwent surgery. Her last round of Chemo was cut short because it really took a toll on her. She's been in bed a lot lately and her feet and hands peel a lot. I'm hoping that she is better when we go over to Switzerland for a visit in July. I want her to enjoy her time with her granddaughter.