I’ve been to a couple Relay for Life events, but last night was the first time I participated in one. I walked a couple of hours at the Avon, Indiana Relay for Life event and found it very nice. My stint was 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. for Starbucks. Part of that time I sold coffee.
I walked about 4 miles and each time around the circuit, I eventually understood the impact cancer has on our spirits. It steals life, causes anguish for entire circles of humans, and often redefines someone whether they like it or not.
The 5/8 mile track was lined with luminaries each bearing the name of a loved one who was affected by cancer. Some bags were decorated elaborately, many were just a plain marker, but I realized that it was the representation that mattered most.
Then it truly hit me when I saw names of people I knew. The organizers and participants are caring volunteers who yearn to turn cancer into a benign diagnosis. More importantly, they are honoring the memories of friends and family who are dealing or dealt with cancer.