Friday, June 22, 2007

No sleep tonight, but it is worth it!

Tonight is the night for Relay for Life. It's a great cause. I am going to be at the Newton High School track from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Saturday. I am the Emcee and Dj for the event. I don't know if you know the meaning of the Relay, but it is a very good one. It is also special, because Kris lost her mom to cancer and she was a very important person to a lot of people. She was an awesome woman! I will let you know how it goes.

"Cancer Does Not Stop for Nighttime"
RELAY FOR LIFE starts at dusk and ends the next morning. The light and darkness parallel the physical effects, emotions and mental state of a
cancer patient while undergoing treatment.

RELAY FOR LIFE begins when the sun is setting. This symbolizes the
time that the person receives their cancer diagnosis. The days are getting darker
and this represents the patient's state of mind as they feel that their life is coming to an end.

As the evening goes on, it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions
of the cancer patient do. Between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. represents the time when the cancer patient starts treatment. They become exhausted, some become sick, not wanting to go on and possibly wanting to give up. As a participant in the Relay for Life, you have been walking and feel much the same way. You cannot stop or give up, just as the cancer patient cannot stop or give up.

From 4 a.m. - 5 a.m. symbolizes the coming to the end of treatment for the cancer patient. Once again, they are tired, but they know they will make it.
The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that life goes on. The morning light brings on a new day, full of life and excitement and hope for new beginnings for the cancer patient. As a participant, you will feel the brightness of the morning and know that the end of the relay is close at hand.

When the relay is over and you leave, think of the cancer patient leaving their last treatment. Just as you are exhausted and weak, so is that person after treatment.

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