The Leduc Relay for Life 2010 was an amazing event! It was the very first relay held in Leduc, AB. and the teams that participated raised over $78,321.00!!! Not bad for the very first year! My friend Linda Fipke and I took pictures through out the night (inspired by our photographer friend Hope Walls who does the same thing but on a much bigger scale for the Edmonton Relay for Life). It was an amazing experience! Aside from documenting the event with our beloved cameras, we were also part of “Team Hope”…a mix of crazy fun-loving chicks who sported pink shirts and feather boas. Now, I have to tell you that I’m scared of feathers and gagged my way through putting the feather boa on..I opted for a feather boa belt. There were feathers all over the walking route and in the girls bathroom it looked like there was a pink chicken on the loose.
Together, Team Hope raised just over $3,000!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in a Relay for Life which are held yearly across the country, I encourage you to get a team together and participate! I can’t even begin to put into words how amazing the experience is from the start at 7 p.m. until the end at 7 a.m. Among the teams, there are also amazing strong individuals who have survived cancer who proudly wear their yellow shirts like badges of courage and lead the Relay by releasing their yellow balloons to the sky and walking together in the first lap.
The gentleman who walked behind the strong woman pictured above told me he was walking behind with the wheel chair in case she needed support, however, he said that he was having a hard time keeping up with her!
After the first lap led by the Survivors, the rest of the teams join in and from that time on, someone from each team is on the track for the entire 12 hours.
Above: this was my view for much of the night…
Above: What a trooper this pooch was! He walked the track for most of the night!
Angels were also in attendance…
Above: This beautiful girl shaved her head the morning of the relay to show her support.
There are lots of activities to check out during the event as well…Live music, face painting, bingo, outdoor movies, massages for the relayers, food donated from businesses, and a bouncy house for the kids. The volunteers for the Relay for Life do an outstanding job and put in countless hours preparing for an event as big as this. Thank you to all the volunteers for the Leduc Relay for Life. You are amazing!
And this is why we walk…
Luminary bags line the walking route as a reminder of why we are walking. By the time the sun goes down, the bags are lit and cast a beautiful glow to all those that walk the route. Each bag signifies a special someone who has won, lost, or continues the fight with cancer. When you see all the luminary bags lit, it takes your breathe away and it’s easy to remember why we have all come together to fight back.
I relay in Memory of my Aunty Lorraine. Click HERE to read the “Why I Relay” post I wrote before the Relay.
“Team Hier Power” relays in memory of Jon. Their team raised over $10,000 in Jon’s memory.
Sometime during the night, the “Hope” luminaries pictured above turned into “Cure”.
By 7:00 a.m. the teams rallied together and walked one final lap after we honoured the shining stars of the event…the volunteers, and the top earning team of over $10,000 “Hier Power”. Way to go!!!
The last picture I took marking the hour and gripping my precious Timmy’s cup!
Great job to all who participated in the Leduc Relay for Life.
but most importantly..
We FOUGHT BACK!
All images above are copyright to the Canadian Cancer Society.