I’m having an incredibly hard time finding the words for this blog post. The Leduc Relay for Life 2011 was an amazing event full of tears, laughter, support, and love. Altogether, Leduc Relay for Life raised an incredible $109,331 dollars exceeding their fundraising goals! Amazing! A HUGE thank you goes out to all the organizers of the Relay. Your countless volunteer hours is greatly appreciated!
I wish I could include every photo I took (all images are copyright of the Canadian Cancer Society); however, In 2 weeks, photos from all three of us photographers will be available to purchase through my website*. Please stay tuned on this blog for more info or follow the Leduc Relay for Life facebook page for updates! All proceeds from the sale of photos goes directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. It’s a way to raise even more funds for our Relay. *Update June 14: The photos are online! Please visit http://christinehopaluk.com/blog/2011/06/14/leduc-relay-for-life-picture-orders/ for details!
I have always been honoured to be a part of the Relay for Life in the past, but this year’s Relay was incredibly close to my heart as my Dad is fighting prostate cancer and started his radiation treatment just last week. If you are interested in reading more about my Dad’s story, click HERE.
The Relay kicked off with the Survivor Banquet, a tribute to all those who have bravely fought their own personal cancer battle. As I stood in the hall listening to those courageous souls share their stories, I was overcome with emotion. Your strength, bravery, tenacity, and unyielding will to fight is amazing. Thank you for sharing your stories of Hope and Courage.
“What Cancer Cannot Do”
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship(s)
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit.
The song “I Will Stand by You” by Rascal Flatts played during the first laps. I invite you to click here ——> A Song for Survivors and listen while you scroll through these photos. Thank you to all the survivors and care-givers who attended the event and started things off by walking the first laps…you are the reason we Relay.
The Celebrating Survivors Banner carries messages of Hope to others. The Survivors then carry this banner of courage for the balloon release and the first lap of the relay.
The Survivor first lap…such a powerful moment.
There were some great outfits this year worn by the Relayers! Team “Arrsome Maties”
Team Hier Power who raised just under $10,000!!! Way to go!
Team “F! Cancer”. Their loyal dog walked the track all night as well through the rain and snow.
I was part of Team Hope, and together we raised $13,673! Thank you to all those who supported our team!
I was also 1 of 3 Photographers…
Some creative backs 🙂 Team Mixcor Cancer Crushers who raised over $16,000!!!
Our Team Hope (Thank you Linda for taking our team photos):
Team Hier Power, love your capes…
Even through the rain, the face painters were there….
This is T. She was one of the dancers who entertained the crowd during the Relay.
All Images are copyright of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Please continue reading onto “Leduc Relay for Life Part 2″
This is when the snow makes it’s appearance. Yes, that’s right, snow on June 3rd. Only in Alberta…