Lighting the Pathway of Hope

23 05 2011

The luminary created in my honor by Lori McGuire for the Relay for Life, Garden City. Photo courtesy of Mollie Finch.


Saturday was a busy day. Not only was there the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the early morning hours, but the Relay for Life was going on in various locations Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

My loving friends found a way to make sure I was able to be in two places — Garden City and Farmington (my hometown) — at once over the weekend. Heck, if I could figure out how they did it, I could patent the process!

Luminaries in my honor shone brightly at both Relays for Life going on in those cities. In Garden City, Mollie Finch — Team Captain of Amy’s Walking Angels — her Mom, Lori McGuire, immediate and extended family participated for the second year in a row.

“It is a very emotional event,” Mollie said. “All the cancer survivors lead and everyone walks a special lap around the track in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer and in honor of those who have won the battle. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful cause and will do it for many years to come.” (To catch a glimpse of the event, click on the Garden City link above.)

Next year, I hope to join Mollie and her crew on that lap, as a survivor in remission.

Team Amy’s Monica Lesnau not only completed the entire 5k at the Race for the Cure with her family, but then was off and running to the Relay for Life.

“I’ve been involved in the Relay for Life for a number of years,” Monica says. “We started one in Walled Lake years ago, while I was on the Council. It’s grown. We Lesnaus were in Farmington this year, participating with the kids’ school. There were 31 teams, raising more than 53,000 dollars.

“To honor you, a luminaria must be imbued with all the lively colors of the rainbow. It was a intended as a celebration – a celebration of friends and family, wellness and hope, talent and tree frogs. Very happy. Very Amy!

“Small luminaria. Big impact! It took its job very seriously, inviting passersby to visit http://www.itsinthe genes.org – for that seems like the best way to honor you.”

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson

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23 05 2011
Kate

What awesome friends you have Amy, and to honor you in such a way has to make you literally glow inside. Thanks to you and your friends, for raising so much money to fight this terrible disease.

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