Did you know that every year over 4 million people in 20 countries participate in Relay for Life? This is the American Cancer Society's big event that raises awareness of cancer and the importance of screening; it raises much-needed funds for cancer research, and creates an environment of hope, healing and camaraderie among the participants.
Today, August 6, 2016, is the Relay for Life day in Menlo Park, California. Every year we join a friend's team, Joie de Vivre, and walk and talk, make new friends and touch base with others. We laugh and are somber in turns, reveling in the stories of survivors, and remembering loved ones and friends who are no longer with us. We give support to those who need it, and take solace and comfort from others. True community.
This past week was a hard one at my office -- two of our colleagues passed away quite suddenly. They were top of my mind today, along with good friends who have passed away, and other friends who are in the survivors club with me.
Although it is after 7:00 PM now, the Relay for Life at Burgess Park in Menlo Park, CA continues through the night, finishing at 9:00 AM tomorrow morning. If you happen to be around, or feel a need to take part in a warm community event, I invite you to head to Burgess Park. You can't miss the group gathered near the south end of the park. In the dark, you'll see the glow of lumineria along the pathway. Walk a lap or two, remember with love those we're missing, and those we're happy to have with us every day. Make a donation if you are so inclined.
I'll give you advance notice next year!