Sunday, April 17, 2011

Supporting a worthy cause

It’s no secret around these parts that I am extremely proud of my daughter Amber. She is really a ray of sunshine and she’s a caring, loving and selfless person. Sometimes she surprises me with how selfless she is and that surprise – for lack of a better word – came up when she asked me to come down to her school for Relay for Life.

relay for life Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s event to raise money for cancer research and to make a difference in the lives of those who have it, have had it and their loved ones. Amber explained to me that the Relay for Life goes on throughout the night because cancer doesn’t sleep… it doesn’t take a break. So true, I realized. Cancer, for me, has always been on the outskirts of my brain and that’s where I like to keep it. I guess it’s denial.

Years ago I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which – simply put – is a cancer of the bone. If you’re new to my blog then take a moment to read up on my health and weight loss journal posts for a little of my health background. I don’t think of myself as having cancer and I don’t say I have cancer. I just don’t believe in labeling myself that way. I do say I have been diagnosed and the doctors believe I am in remission. I’m telling you all of that because when Amber told me about Relay for Life she also asked me to come down to walk with her during that weekend event and to write a post about it.

Of course I’d write the post ‘cause she’s my baby and it’s a good cause. When I went to her team page where it explains about the event and cause as well as requests support and donations, I was inspired to join in. (Yes, please click the donations link to support the cause and help Amber raise money for Relay for Life. Thanks.) Now, I’m not just going to support my daughter and walk with her, I’m apart of her Relay for Life team to support the American Cancer Society as a survivor. And that’s okay.

As a matter of fact, that’s fabulous.

Let’s all get together and support a worthy cause. It may not be American Cancer Society; it may be the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which my little girl Anna raised money for during the Trik-a-thon at her school or the March of Dimes that my two middle children are collecting money for. In fact, my BFF in Maryland walked in support of the March of Dimes today.