It was a long, long day/night, but well worth every moment. We arrived at 4:30 p.m. to set up our tent and get it decorated. The survivor lap kicked off the event at 7 p.m., which was the most moving part of the relay for me. To see people walking around the track who have been given the worst news, fought hard, and won the battle. Wow. There was even a toddler being pulled in a wagon.
There were team tents set up all around the track with various fundraisers including hair painting, sausage on a stick, x-box, iPad raffles and face painting. Our team sold cakes, cake pops and gatorade!
Later on in the night was the luminaria ceremony that honors and remembers people affected by cancer. The lights went dark and the luminaria bags lit up the track. Special moment.
The walking took place for the duration of the entire event. You are always supposed to have at least one member walking the track to signify that cancer patients never stop even when it gets rough.
It did get rough. All nighters aren’t our thing (whose thing are they), but being involved with youth, they aren’t rare. We were exhausted but determined. Walker and I were walking the track about 3:45 a.m. when they announced we were being sent home early due to an incoming storm. Beautiful words for Walker who had to be back at the church at 9 a.m.
Thank you to all who donated to our team, walked with our team, and supported our team in any way. We had people from all over the U.S. making donations in honor Lizzie. We are beyond appreciative of how so many came forward to help! And thanks to Alyssa Franks who suggested the idea in the first place, joined our team, and fundraised like heck all the way from AZ! Finally, thanks to Lizzie who has the unique ability of uniting people from near and far into one community dedicated to a great cause.
Here is our night through pictures.