American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" - A big success!!
Our Relay for Life event this weekend was a big success. Our team, the Castaway Crew, was able to raise over $5000!!
At our booth, we sold "Antioxidant" Smoothies in Strawberry, Blueberry and Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Banana flavors made with almond mild, chocolate rice milk, fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries, fresh bananas, natural peanut butter, and agave nectar.
We also sold multigrain chips with fresh guacamole and salsa (it felt like I was peeling avacados for days!)
This particular event was in Henderson, Nevada. My neice and her husband live there and they captain a team each year. This year I decided to join them in Henderson.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Celebrate - The Survivors Lap - Relay starts with a Survivors Lap an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.
Remember - The Luminaria Ceremony - After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.
Fight Back - The Fight Back Ceremony - Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, whe
re we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.
I've lost family members and friends to cancer, and I want to personally thank everyone who donated generously, and also to those who were not in a position to donate but took the time to wish me well and provide moral support.
A special shout to:
The Vons/Pavillions in Valencia, CA on McBean Hwy for their generous donation of a $25 gift card that helped us to purchase some of the food items.
Whole Foods in Valencia, CA for donated some bags and free sample items
And of course, I want to personally thanks those friends who donated generously online. Thank you SO much for your generosity to my good friends:
Rich and Yun Byrd