Last weekend the Smiles For Life Team participated in Relay for Life which is a fundraiser for cancer research. Cancer has affected everyone in some way. Either you have experienced it or a friend or loved one has. The Smiles For Life team set up camp on Friday evening and settled in for the long haul since the relay lasted from 6pm Friday evening to 6am Saturday morning. The all night event symbolizes that cancer never sleeps! There was a great crowd at the fairgrounds and it was touching and inspiring to see the great support for all those affected by cancer.
The event started out with a "Survivor's" lap around the track. It was amazing to see how many cancer survivors were - I am sure it gave a lot of hope to those that are dealing with cancer. Next came the "Caregiver's lap for everyone that has been a caregiver to someone with cancer. Becky McIntyre's mother passed away from pancreatic cancer last May so Becky and her sister, Liesl, walked the caregiver's lap.
Lighting the luminaries in memory of our beloved Mom was touching and sweet. As we did the Luminary Lap in silence it was to heartbreaking to see the hundreds of luminaries that each represent a life lost to cancer and all the family and friends who miss them so much.
There were also lots of fun events throughout the evening. One of our favorite was Zumba. Janizta Rivera (Doctor's scheduler) is a natural at it!! That girl has got rhythm!! Tara Hinkle (hygiene scheduler) , Jenny Whiting (Dr Whiting's wife) and Becky McIntyre (Office Manager and Dr McIntyre's wife) are all just trying to keep up with Janitza!!
The middle of the night (2AM) highlight was the Mr. Relay Womanless Beauty Pageant. Dr Whiting was a good sport and volunteered to be our contestant. Jantiza is a Mary Kay cosmetic consultant so she did an amazing job with his make-up!!
His dress came from Marisol Romero (dental assistant) and it fit amazingly well! He won 2nd Runner up in the contest and has a trophy to prove it!!
Relay for Life in Harrisonburg raised over $300,000 to donate toward cancer research. Hopefully the day will come when a cure/prevention has been found and Relay for Life will no longer be needed. Thanks to everyone who put this great event together and a huge thank you to all the Smiles For Life Team for being there!