Sunday, April 25, 2010

Relay for Life 2010

On Friday, April 23, four months of fundraising and preparation culminated in Wylie's 3rd annual Relay for Life.

The theme this year was Hollywood and our team chose the 80's cult-classic movie, Pretty in Pink.The friends in my moms' group had a blast dressing up in our best 80's outfits. Everyone was "like" "totally rad" in our pink 80's gear: off the shoulder sweatshirts, lace, plastic bracelets, tie dye, side pony-tails and more!

Opening ceremonies were at 7:00. We were both proud and extremely disappointed that we got 2nd place overall, beat only by $22!! We raised a total of $7100...not bad for a little group of moms. We were up against schools, churches, organizations and businesses. In the end we were all extremely grateful for everyone's efforts and proud to display a "gold" level sign at our campsite.

One of the most touching moments of the night was the luminaria ceremony. Luminarias are white paper bags that are purchased in memory of someone who has lost their battle with cancer or in honor of someone who is fighting cancer. The bags are decorated and lined around the track with a small lit candle inside. At 9:00 all the lights are turned off and the candles are lit. It's a time of remembrance and reflection as everyone makes one lap around the track.

Although the relay is supposed to go all night, until 7am the next morning, lightning and rain showers prevented us from staying that long. Shortly after midnight and relay shut down and closing ceremonies were held.

We're already talking about upping our fundraising goal for next year to the platinum level of $10,000! We'll have to start fundraising this year in order to meet that goal, but it's one I know we can make if we all put our minds and hearts to it.

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