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.
Onto Part two of the Relay…
A member of Team Mixcor Cancer Crushers, volunteered to have his head shaved at the event…
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!
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!
Then the snow came…
In Memory of my Aunty and My friend Chris who both bravely fought this devastating disease. I think of you often.
The snow stopped as suddenly as it started, and dawn was finally upon us…
Despite the snow, many luminaries continued to burn into the morning hours.
A special thank you to our Team Hope Captain: Jackie Martineau. I appreciate all your hard work more than you could ever know.
Marking the end of the event, 7:00 a.m. See you all next year…same place, same time! 🙂
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!