Guest editorial: My reason to Relay for Life

Published on Wed, May 1, 2013 by Tami Anderson

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Through its signature global event known as Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society raises funds and awareness in the battle against cancer. The Relay is a powerful overnight experience that takes place on a track where teams from the community unite and celebrate those who have won their cancer battle, remember those who have been lost and fight back against the disease.

I am often asked, “Why do you relay?” I guess you could say I Relay because I can.

I came to the Lynden Relay six years ago out of curiosity. Inspired, I came back the next year, two teams in tow, to add awareness and see if I could raise a few dollars. If you had told me four years later I would be the event chair of this event, I would have said you were crazy. Not because I lack the passion or am not up to the task, but because who am I to lead such a cause? 

I am truly humbled to be leading a group of dedicated committee members and teams all with the same purpose in mind, not to mention the support of my husband and two daughters aged 10 and 6, who are Relayers themselves.

I have been so blessed to meet so many people along my journey. Strangers who want nothing more than to feel supported and have a smile brought to their face or an ear to listen to them.

Beyond the dollars that will be raised this year, our goal is to create an atmosphere of support, family and fun. With the simple goal of putting a smile on everyone’s face, I am thrilled to announce a unique event we are offering to raise funds for Relay for Life this year. Joining us out of Canada, a comedy group fittingly named The Boob Tour will be helping us find a cure, one laugh at a time. They are a dynamic collaboration of comedians who use their talents to help charities raise money to fight cancer and they are coming to our town in May. We are honored to be the only Relay in Washington right now to offer the two-night event. 

The Boob Tour was started in 2007 to raise awareness about breast cancer. Making you laugh for a cure, this wild show is like no other and comes with the “breast of intensions.” Suitable for ages 16 and up, we are pairing the comedy show with a live and silent auction on Thursday, May 23 starting at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Washington Fair Expo building. 

The troop is back again Friday, May 24 with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Concessions and a good time for all will be offered. To learn more and to get your tickets, please visit our website at relayforlifeofnorthwhatcom.org.

Our 2013 North Whatcom County Relay event will take place June 21 and 22 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. It all kicks off with our opening ceremony and survivor walk at 6 p.m. 

We have planned a wonderful family-friendly event full of many activities, great food and inspiration served all night long. I want to personally invite all of you to join us so that one day we can all say, “Together we made a difference.”