I just signed up to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The goal of the 36-hour walk is to bring awareness and raise funds for cancer research. (I am glad it is a relay of 36-hours. I will be walking with Tony in the 6-7 a.m. slot.)
It will be inspiring to walk along side cancer survivors and their family members. I am proud to raise dollars that will fund research that may someday put an end to pain and suffering caused by this dreadful disease.
And yet, I am entering a different kind of comfort zone. Matthew 5:4 promises that those who mourn, shall be comforted. You see, my reason for participating in this relay walk is actually quite personal. I'm walking to make a deposit in a bank of a different kind. A deposit in the memory bank of family and friends who mourn the loss of a loved one from the ravages of cancer.
As I have posted before, memories are such a gift for those who grieve. Remembering the time shared and the life lived helps link us to those who have passed away. Norman Cousins said it best ~
Memories are where the proof of life is stored.
If you would like to contribute to this cause, to support my efforts or to donate in the name of someone dear to you, please click here to go to my personal page. You can choose an amount to donate and enter the name of someone you wish to honor.
I'll let you know in a future post how much we raised together and how I survived, out of my comfort zone.