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Leduc Relay for Life 2011 Part Two

In the hours leading up to the event, I prayed the snow and rain would stay away; however, the snow was fitting actually.  It was reminiscent of what my Dad and our family has gone through since his cancer diagnosis…beautiful sunshine one day, and then suddenly a storm the next day.  Cancer brings forward emotions that one has never felt before. Anger, pain, disbelief, sadness, perseverance, strength, and hope.  We Relay to one day make cancer history.

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Onto Part two of the Relay…

A member of Team Mixcor Cancer Crushers, volunteered to have his head shaved at the event…

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Just before the Luminary Ceremony, friends of ours who are volunteers at the Edmonton Relay for Life visited to show their support (And I’m sorry to say there are two people missing from this photo of good-hearted supporters, Trina and Omari).  Thank you!

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The Luminary ceremony was next.  I was asked to speak briefly.  I cried all the way through it! Seeing what my Father has gone through this past year carries so much pain in my heart, and it’s a fresh wound. I sat with him at the Cross Cancer Institute for his first radiation treatment on the Monday before the Relay. Click HERE to read about it.

My Dad continues to fight with a smile on his face, and a kind word to everyone who crosses his path.  I’m so proud of him…

I was so overtaken with emotion, I didn’t take many photos of the luminary ceremony as I usually do. Please accept my apology!

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Then the snow came…

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In Memory of my Aunty and My friend Chris who both bravely fought this devastating disease. I think of you often.

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The snow stopped as suddenly as it started, and dawn was finally upon us…

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Despite the snow, many luminaries continued to burn into the morning hours.

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A special thank you to our Team Hope Captain: Jackie Martineau.  I appreciate all your hard work more than you could ever know.

Love you!

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Marking the end of the event, 7:00 a.m.  See you all next year…same place, same time! 🙂

We Celebrated

We Remembered

We Fought Back!!!

All Images are copyright to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Please check out the other two Photographer’s blogs!  I know they are still adding to their blog posts as I post this, so remember to check back!

Tawny of Tawny Lee Photography: http://justagirlwithhercamera.blogspot.com/2011/06/must-get-this-out-so-i-can-finally-lay.html

Linda of LMK Photography: http://photographybylmk.blogspot.com/2011/06/leduc-relay-for-life.html

*Update June 14: The photos are online! Please visit http://christinehopaluk.com/blog/2011/06/14/leduc-relay-for-life-picture-orders/ for details!

4 Comments

  • Hope Walls

    Ugh. I’m exhausted, just reading this. I said to some friends the other day that in some ways, I fell very cheated that my Dad died so suddenly, and then there’s the other part of me that is so grateful that there was never that “grey” area – one that all you have to hold onto is hope itself, clawing for each moment and not really knowing. It’s the not knowing that would drain me and I think your family’s strength is truly amazing. Your Dad is brave, and you are brave, and I am honoured to call you a friend, a colleague, and a mentor – because I want to be like you when I grow up. <3 Keep fighting, Dad H. Sis boom bah and all that. ~sniff sniff~

  • Deanna

    I find it very hard to read this post. These are wonderful pictures to capture such an amazing event, your pictures are worth a thousand words.

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