Angela’s Corner: RenewedAngela Banker
For the last eight years straight, I have participated in a Relay For Life event by the American Cancer Society.¬† I started my journey fundraising for cancer after my mom was recovering from her last bout of breast cancer.
At the beginning, I dedicated my Relaying to my mom.¬† She has always been an inspiration to me.¬† Three bouts of cancer had nothing on her.¬† As the years progressed, I Relayed for myself, then my sister and grandmother.¬† Now, I dedicate Relay to our future generations.¬† I really do not want to see my daughter struggling through a cancer diagnosis as a young adult.
Since I have been doing this for eight years, my drive has slowly started to falter.¬† I have been a team captain from the start.¬† I then took on a role on the leadership committee three years ago when I started my own breast cancer journey.¬† I have continued with both roles, and just this year added on chaperoning my daughter‚Äôs team of elementary school students.¬† All this is starting to wear on me.¬† This last week in particular, I attended three Relay events and prepared for one of the events for two days.¬† My energy level has quickly drained.¬† However, this last Friday and Saturday I found what I needed to renew my drive that has fallen.
What happened to renew my spirit?¬† Talking to and listening to other survivors and caregivers about their stories of survival.¬† Their stories of compassion, of their strengths and weaknesses, of their journey will often put things back into perspective for me.¬† Many times they‚Äôll say something that resonates in my soul, often times putting me in tears.
I have been participating in Relay for so long that I needed this renewal.¬† I needed something to tell me to keep going.¬† To keep fundraising so those dollars raised could one day help find a cure.¬† That one day our kids could go to the doctor‚Äôs office and be told, ‚ÄúThere’s a shampoo to cure that.‚ÄĚ¬† (I actually heard that from another Relayer, loved it and needed to share it.)¬† And that one day our future generations will never have to hear those three dreaded words.
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