Saturday, June 26, 2010

Relay for Life

Today was the Relay for Life here in Oregon City. Mark and I went to it last year for the first time, just 3 weeks after he had surgery for prostate cancer.

Tonight we went over to see the luminaria lit up around the track. It was very beautiful and moving.

Mark's luminaria says, "Let's go hiking!"
The ones for my aunt and uncle say, "Mary Anne Kenney, beloved aunt," and "Bill Kenney, always irascible." Uncle Bill died about 18 months ago, and Aunt Mary Anne died a year ago last week. They were very dear to me, and I miss them and think of them often.

It was a good feeling to find the luminaria I had made for Mark, Aunt Mary Anne, and Uncle Bill. There were so many of the little paper bag lanterns. They stretched all the way around the track!

Mark and I walked the track a couple of times, and reflected on the past year, and how blessed we are to have him be a cancer survivor, and not a sad statistic.

3 comments:

Polly said...

Yes, we're so glad that Vati is still around to be with us!

Eric's aunt died a few days ago after fighting cancer for several years. The family reunion next week will mostly be her funeral now.

Annemarie said...

Wow--what a neat experience that must have been. I'm glad Mark is a survivor too!

Patrick said...

Kathy...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful tribute to Mary and Bill (mom and dad). The "Relay For Life" here in Alameda has had family support for years.

Pleased to see our favorite survivor - Mark - has his priorities straight... I'll hit the trail with you any day!

Patrick and family