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Why I Relay For Life

We all have someone in our lives who has been affected by cancer.

Plainly and simply put: Cancer makes me angry.

Over the past couple of years, I have joined my good friend and amazing photog Hope Wall’s team to document the Edmonton Relay for Life.

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Images above are copyright of the Canadian Cancer Society.

I come from a long line of tough, headstrong, independent women.  My Aunt Lorraine embodied all of those attributes, along with a huge loving heart, a generous nature, and a vivacious spirit… she was an amazing woman.  She bravely fought cancer for years with the strength and determination she carried with her into all areas of her life.  She lived her life with purpose and always gave way more than she took.  She was an amazing wife, mother, sister, aunt, nurse, friend and daughter.

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You wouldn’t know it to look at her that she was battling cancer because she was so very strong.

On August 24th, 2008 my extended family met at my Aunty Gwen’s lake lot for a family camp out.  Something in my heart knew it was very important to attend.   That week-end at the lake, we laughed together, played together and prayed together.

On the Sunday, we held our own family church service.  At the end we surrounded our Aunty Lorraine, along with my sister Janice who has MS, and layed hands on them and prayed for them.  I can’t even explain to you how emotional that experience was.  God was there all around us, and we came together as a family like never before.

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Even as everyone was laying hands on my Aunt Lorraine, you can see her loving spirit here as she herself lays a hand on my sister.

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Just before we left, my Aunts, Uncles, Grandma and my Mom and Dad (bottom left) gathered together for a family picture.  I’m so thankful they did.  (My Aunt Lorraine is pictured above with my Uncle Steve in the top row, middle.)

A few weeks after this camp out, our family all came together again to mourn the loss of our amazing Lorraine.   She will never be forgotten.

My Aunt Lorraine is the reason I relay.

In the past I have attended the Relay for Life as a volunteer photographer.  This year, in addition to clicking pictures, I will be joining some great friends and walking in the Leduc Relay for Life on June 4th, 2010 as “Team Hope”.  I want to join the fight to make cancer history.

You can help! I need your support!  This cause is an important one, and we can truly make a difference together. You can be part of a community that takes up the fight. Please pledge me now with whatever you can find it in your heart to give and help make cancer history.

Online pledging is secure and it saves the Society money by reducing administrative costs – it means the money you give can go further to help the fight against cancer.

Simply click the link below to go to my personal page.

http://convio.cancer.ca/goto/chopaluk

Celebrate.

Remember.

Fight Back.

Thank you so much.

From my heart to yours,

Christine

 

 

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