This weekend was the annual Relay for Life in Lynden, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The girls created luminaria bags in honor of Aunt Joanne (who is fighting back against pancreatic cancer) and in memory of their Grandma Freeman (who passed away Dec. 12, 2007 from brain cancer). We went to Relay on Friday evening for a while...walked a bit and looked at bags...watched a local magician...talked to people. We went back around 10:00 for the luminaria ceremony. It began with a bag piper playing as he walked around the track and everyone followed behind. All the bags were lit and it was really beautiful. Then there was a prayer, a song, and testimonials by those in the community affected by cancer. We left at that point, but the next thing on the agenda was to read the list of over 2900 names that were on the luminaria bags. Becca had already fallen asleep, so we took off, but we were glad we went to experience the ceremony and honor Aunt Joanne and Ed's Mom.
A few weeks ago we sold Ed's mom & step-dad's bedroom set that we had been using for the last 10 years. We sold it on craigslist and donated the money from that sale to the Relay for Life in honor of his mom. We were grateful to have been able to use the bedroom set for so long and we are grateful for the American Cancer Society and all the oncologists and radiologists and researchers and doctors who treat people fighting cancer and who work for a cure. We are grateful for the memories we have of Ed's Mom and for the time we had with her. Please join us in praying for a cure for cancer and in praying especially for Aunt Joanne as she fights this very difficult battle.
Pictures of the girls and the bags are here. Have a great day!