I just came back from dropping KT off at the school hosting the Relay for Life. It was…um…interesting.
The information coming home with KT has been pretty much non-existent. Basically a sheet of paper from the American Cancer Society with a location and contact information. So, I was missing out on a few key, yet essential facts. Such as the fact that this relay was an overnight event. In tents. In the middle of the track. Oh, and that the kids probably should bring their own food. Apparently there are local companies generously donating food for around 150 people. The only problem with that is there are at least twice that many scheduled to show up…
So after a flurry of phone calls gleaning for information from other kids, KT and I set off to find the track. When we arrived, we headed towards the registration desk, staggering under the weight of all her supplies. KT headed off to see if she could find anyone she knew while I just tried to take in everything going on around me.
It was a sea of kids, most of them wearing their white “Relay for Life” tee shirts. There was also a sprinkling of people of all ages wearing bright purple “Survivor” shirts. Some of them topped off by bandanas covering their hairless heads. I was watching one survivor just look around with what seemed like amazement at all the kids that had chosen to raise money to fight this horrible ailment.
Everyone seemed busy doing something. Putting up tents, setting up chairs, hauling boxes or just laughing with each other. (How I wish I had grabbed my camera before I left the house.) Along one side of the track was a row of tents set up for entertainment purposes. To my amazement, I saw that for a small fee, there was an Internet Cafe, espresso stand (Yep, we’re still in Seattle!), energy drinks, snacks and what looked like souvenir items. Above all the commotion was the blare of music the DJ was sending out.
As I left, KT was settling in to chat with her friends before it was time to start taking laps around the track. On the way home, I got to wondering why exactly she had decided she wanted to do this. She hasn’t really had to experience anyone with cancer. Yes, my aunt is a Survivor. My grandpa was a Survivor. One of my friend’s step-dad recently lost his battle. And my cousin’s baby is currently fighting leukemia. But all of this has happened too far away for it to really make much of a connection for her. I guess it doesn’t really matter what her motivation is. She has just gotten to that age where so many kids look outside of themselves to see what they can do towards making a difference in the world. It was just a great feeling to see all those kids willing to devote all day and night for their chosen cause…
If you would like to support KT and make a tax-deductible donation to the American Cancer Society, you can click here to do so. (No worries if you would rather not, we won’t sick telemarketers on you or anything like that!) But a Big Huge Thanks to whomever has already chosen to donate. I have no idea who has done this but was pleasantly shocked to see that KT’s goal has already been exceeded!