Monday, June 13, 2011

A Very Soggy Relay For Life

This past weekend my team participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.  This is an overnight 14 hour, rain or shine event.  Well, this year it rained the entire night with it absolutely pouring rain from the start until about 9pm.  Luckily my friends and I can have fun in any situation and are definitely not fair weathered friends!  We even managed to celebrate my mom's upcoming birthday with ice cream cake.  We were all cold, wet and freezing and still managed to enjoy that ice cream cake!

Here are some photo highlights from our night.

Our team participated in the Team Banner Lap.  We all gathered around our cool banner and as we walked onto the field the DJ called out "Here come Cacklin Hens 4 A Cure!"  It was a nice moment.  We then walked a couple of wet laps around the track with the banner.

The real troopers of the afternoon are below.  My mom and Ken arrived early on and helped with our camp set up, participated in the Survivor/Caregiver ceremony, had dinner and then when you knew they really, really just wanted to jump in their car with the heated seats...they stayed a little while longer so we could surprise mom with birthday cake, a card and balloon.  They did a great job and I know it was kind of crazy and miserable at times but it's the spirit that counts!  

There are theme laps every hour.  We missed a few in the beginning because it was raining so hard and we were so busy with trying to set up camp in the rain.  As midnight approached Jezzy and I were sitting in our screen tent discussing that it wasn't raining and the glow in the dark/neon lap was coming up.  There is also an 80's lap at 3am but we didn't want to chance missing that lap.  So, we threw on our 80's outfits, added our many glo sticks and hit the track.

Everyone got a little punchy around 2am. I don't even remember what I was laughing about here but it must have been good! Everyone stayed up all night long with no sleep and we took only one brief trip to the car to sit and warm up. The best news is that we raised an amazing amount of money. With only 6 team members we raised somewhere between $1,300-1,400 and made many memories.


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