On June 6th I attended the Vernon Relay for Life. Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society. On June 6th, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events took place across twenty countries. Events are held in local communities, campus universities and on the internet for those who can’t attend. The largest virtual fundraising event is Relay For Life, which has raised more than $2,000,000 since 2005, 12 epic hours of walking dancing and games. When I arrived at 10:00 AM the Survivor’s Walk immediately kicked off which was once around the track. This was so inspirational, about 50 different survivors, with about 10 children survivors walked this lap. Then the relay walk started, everyone was energized and hyped.
I played volleyball with some amazing young kids for a while then went off to walk. Walking with kids was so fun. Along the walking track there were quotes about Cancer survivors and stats that have improved since the relay started in 1999. All of these stats were positive and very inspirational, they made you want to continue walking. So many kids asked me to walk with them, so I did. Then a bunch of kids, a school and I went over to the Polson water park (located beside the track) and enjoyed some fun under the sun.
At Relay for Life there were so many kids’ activities, a big bouncy house, a blow up twister game, live music and much more. One thing that was very fun was the Water balloon popper, where 4 people have water balloons over their heads and then everyone pumps a bicycle pump until one balloon is over filled with air and POP! It explodes and water falls onto your head. This game was so fun and a great way to cool off. Later in the day some little kids called me up on stage to dance with them, it was so cute. One little boy had the best moves I have ever seen. During the lantern ceremony we had to state who we were running/walking for. I was walking for young Samantha Donavan (who you can see in my RMHBC blog). Samantha is the toughest girl I have ever met and currently is fighting cancer. And I am very proud to say I walked around the track 100 time for Samantha. 🙂 👑