Sunday, April 15, 2012

RELAY FOR LIFE

The cool night breeze tossed my hair into my eyes again, blocking my view of the names scrolling across the screen. It began..In Memory Of: And across the screen were the names and pictures of the precious Moms, Dads, Grandmother's, Grandfathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters who have all lost the battle to cancer. A tear slid down my cheek there in the darkness surrounded by hundreds of survivors. Two of them were sitting beside me. I held tight to the hand of my husband, sitting on one side of me, and that of my precious friend Diana on the other side. Survivors.
The two of them joined fifty or so other survivors and walked around the track of the local high school. My husband and my precious friend held hands as they fell in behind the many other cancer survivors. What a blessing for me, watching the two of them together.
So many of us have friends or family who have lost the battle, but we also live among many survivors.
I wiped the tears from my eyes, and turned to watch them walking around the track. One the bleachers behind me, adorned with bags of luminaries spelled "Hope". 

A precious lady sitting in front of me, wearing the all telling scarf on her head, turned and said, "I would like to try to walk with them". But she wondered if she could consider herself a "survivor" since she is just now going through chemo. We shouted to her.....of course you're a survivor! You're here!"
Call someone today who is struggling with cancer. Let them know there is hope! Offer to pray for them,or better yet, pray with them.You will be blessed.
James 5:14,15,16 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.

4 comments:

Joylene said...

Almost 50 thousand runners participated in the "Sun Run" in Vancouver this past weekend to help raise money for cancer. My heart feels so warm to think of how many caring people there are. Wonderful people who take time out because we need them. Kewl, eh?

Kudos to you, Miss Katt.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

It was such a blessing to be there with the survivors, Joy. I also had tears for my precious Grandma Neff and her daughter my Aunt Dolores who both lost the battle to cancer. I was overwhelmed when I turned behind me and saw "Hope" spelled with the luminaries.
Love ya
Katt

Carol J. Garvin said...

I'm a survivor, but my mother was not, so I understand what the diagnosis can mean. It's such a devastating disease! Your friend and hubby were deeply blessed by your support during this public demonstration of hope.

As Joylene has mentioned, Vancouver's "Sun Run" was held yesterday, although my support is usually directed to the "Run for the Cure" in the fall. I'm not able to walk the distance anymore, but I have a younger friend who participates and she collects pledges. One day there's going to be a cure found! There's got to be!

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Praise the Lord Carol that you are in the "survivor club" with my hubby and friend. My Grandmother and Aunt are in another club, in heaven. They both lost the battle to cancer so many years ago that now, today so many people are winning. My prayer is that someday we will have to explain what "cancer" was! Wouldn't that be wonderful!