For more than four years now, those of you who have been reading Country’s Chatter often heard me mention the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. I’m on a team. Like so many other teams, my team raises money. We do it many different ways. We have fund raisers, we sell things, we have been been known to have a country concert or two. But, I’ve never done this before. Today, I am asking for all of you to help with my find raising effort, by donating any amount you can.It’s so easy, too. You don’t mail me a check, you don’t wonder where your money is going. You just click on this link http://main.acsevents.org/goto/donnarea. When you get to the page, just click on the purple bar, that says “Donate on my behalf”. Then you are ready to make your tax-deductible, on-line contribution directly to the American Cancer Society for my Relay For Life team. Check it out, and please give what you can, Now, let me tell you why I Relay.
If you take a few minutes to walk the area at a Relay For Life event, and ask the participants the question, “Why do you Relay?”. You will probably get as many different answers as there are participants.
For me, the answer is simple. I Relay, because I believe. I believe the time we, as volunteers, give and the money we raise will benefit cancer patients. I believe in the American Cancer Society, and the work they do. ACS not only supports the research which helps to find new treatments, and continues its work to find a cure; but also offers many patient services – services that help the patients daily, as they courageously continue their fight. Something as simple as giving a patient a ride to a doctor appointment, or a few words of encouragement, is all made possible by the money Relay raises.
While I have been very blessed, and have never seen any type of cancer within my immediate family, I have been close to others who have. I have watched friends fight this battle. I have known many survivors, but I have also lost friends to this devastating disease. I know the work the volunteers do, and the money we help raise, will allow the American Cancer Society to continue its work that will one day lead to a cure.
The pictures in this post are from last year’s Relay. As you can see, we have a great time at the event. And while the fun is important, even more important is the money we raise, and what we can do for The American cancer Society. The more we do for them, the more they can do to help those with cancer. Please reach into your pockets for me. Click the link (http://main.acsevents.org/goto/donnarea), and help my team make its goal.
I’ve never asked you all for anything before. But this is a cause I believe in with my whole heart. And I hope you will all feel led to lend me a hand. Thanks so much for reading! I have enjoyed meeting so many of you through this web site, and I look forward to meeting many more of you, too.