I participate in Relay every year to raise money in memory of my Dad who passed due to Throat Cancer in 2006. It was a rough six year roller coaster ride for him and our family. It started with radiation. He was good for a while. Then surgery that took his ability to speak. Then more radiation. Good for a year or so which looking back was a god send. He was able to spend time with his favourite 5 people, his grand kids. Although he could not utter a word he was there and left an indeliable mark on their souls. We all miss him and I know he is extremely proud of the people his grand kids have become. They often say "what do you think Grandpa would say", " I wish he could see me play", "I wish he could see me sing", "I wish he was still here". The fact is that we all very thankful that the treatments kept him going and able to be with us because even through the rocky times he made his mark. His legacy will endure because he had TIME.
Today, a short 14 years since he passed almost to the day (June 2 2006), treatments and protocols have advanced so much due to amazing research and the teams that dedicate their lives to allowing us to have more time with our loved ones.
Currently there are close to 1 million Canadians living with cancer and hoping that they have more time with their loved ones. Please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society through my Relay At Home link to help fund research and programs to allow people more TIME.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Relay At Home - it was a huge success! If you were unable to take part in the live event or if you want to relive the Relay magic, you can still watch it on Facebook. Our website will be accepting online donations until August 13. Keep fundraising to support the thousands of Canadians facing cancer during this time. Thank you for your support of the Canadian Cancer Society.