Over the past few years, I attended the relay for family and friends. I would walk for them. But this year was different. I was walking for myself. It was an emotional event as my close family and friends gathered at the event to walk with me.
Randy and I were the first ones in our group to make it to the event. We walked the first lap together while we waited on the others to join us.
After everyone was there the opening ceremonies began. A wonderful man shared his cancer journey with us explaining how his treatment played out, ups and downs, and how he made it through the process. We’re all glad he is still with us fighting another day.
Our fantastic mayor gave a wonderful speech and highlighted a few upcoming things in our town. He has really uplifted our town in the few short years of being mayor. He is amazing and always involved in our town no matter how big or small an event is. Our little town has flourished and become something all of us should be proud of.
At the end of the opening ceremony, the survivors gathered to walk the survivor walk. It was very emotional for me because last year I was going through chemo treatment. But for this year’s event, I’m a survivor.
I started out towards the back because my legs were very tired but I was doing pretty good at keeping up and decided to walk a little faster to walk with a close friend of mine.
As I rounded the final corner where everyone else was waiting I was met by Randy who was so emotional and full of tears. He just couldn’t hold it back anymore. We embraced and I told him it was OK to cry we’ve been through so much over the last year. He was very overwhelmed as we stood right in the middle of everyone crying and hugging each other. It was very touching and filled my heart with love knowing he was there for me and loved me enough.
Not a dry eye in sight. I think everyone felt the same way we did.
Next up was the police dog training. My grandchildren loved that. They watched as the dog searched for drugs and attacked one of the police officer’s arms covered in the large glove. They’re so aggressive. I wouldn’t want to be up against him that’s for sure.
By then we finished a lap and talked with a few friends. While over at one of the booths we gathered for a picture of all of us before heading out. I had had enough. My legs were very tired after only making it a few laps but at least I was able to make it there this year. I’m hoping next year to make a lot more laps.
My kids and grandkids stuck around for a little while for hair extensions and games. I slipped my daughter some money and said to let them enjoy some games.
My parents, sister, Randy, and I headed to a nearby restaurant for dinner and to rehydrate before heading home. It was a wonderful time I just wish I could have held out a little longer but my numbers had dropped and the CMV virus was running ramped making me very tired and weak.
By the time Randy and I made it home I was exhausted. It was wonderful to attend but really took its toll on me.
I appreciate everyone that attended and joined me for a lap. XXX to all