This past weekend, I spent a few hours roaming around Sanford, NC at the 2012 Relay for Life event. It’s always an event that fosters a number of emotions, but hope is paramount of all of these. There was a great number of folks walking… survivors, caretakers, corporate sponsors, family members, the young and old.
Reflecting back, Cancer doesn’t care who you are. It isn’t biased. It will change the lives of anyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, or social standing.
If you’ve never been to a Relay, the next two photos may not make much sense. Every event I’ve been to has always taken a moment to allow the survivors and caregivers an opportunity to wish cancer away in their own way. For the Lee County Relay, you’ll notice the crowd blowing bubbles with the hope that cancer will float out of their lives, burst, and never come back. It always tugs at the heartstrings to see the survivors going through this process. There tends to be a sense of relief in the air, so to speak.
There were a handful of local acts providing entertainment to the crowd as well. One of the standouts for me was the Fog Blues Band, a local blues rock band from Sanford, NC.
These guys really lit the stage up. If you’re in or around Lee County, NC and want to check them out, I recommend it. More information is available on their website: thefogbluesband.com
Of course, show up hungry. A huge percentage of the teams offer food for sale. The regular fair fare is available, but you will come across homemade lasagna if you look for the 3M booth. Regardless of where you are on the track, one of my favorite scents seems to follow you around.