Friday, April 17, 2009

"Relay For Life"

Good Afternoon to all my friends here at "Welcome To My Little Corner Of The World"

This weekend sets of the annual "Relay For Life " events everywhere for those you who are not aware of the meaning I have copy/pasted the meaning for your reading pleasure and when I say pleasure it is because of efforts of so many people who participated and brought a smile to someone else. Last year I did the walk and it gave me a very gratifiying feeling that I helped someone. For obvious reasons this year I am not able to participate but, in my heart I will be there.

History of Relay - Celebrating Hope
One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.
While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In 1986, with the help of Pat Flynn – now known as the “Mother of Relay” – 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event on the track at the historic Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield.


Until we meet again my friends remember,

Inhale ~~~123
Exhale~~~~1234

Breathe Easy,
Sandy

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