Relay for Life 2012

American Cancer Society

Relay for Life 2012 – Adams Stadium

I’ve been wanting to get this out since May…

A very good friend of ours works for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in research.  She has been a fabulous resource to me, Ed and Gracie throughout this “cancer journey.”  She does so much for the American Cancer Society and focuses daily on finding a cure for breast cancer (among others!)  Go, go, go AP!  Annually she participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and is one of their top fundraisers.  She graciously invited us to be her guests at the Relay in May at Adam’s Stadium (near Emory University).  Ed, Gracie and I joined her.  Wow.  What an experience.

Some of you know for years while at Georgia Tech I was involved with the American Cancer Society and our Panhellenic Fashion Show that raised money for ACS and cancer research.  Post graduation, when I worked for SunTrust Bank, I was one of the coordinator’s for the company’s Relay for Life team.  Little did I know that one day I would be on the other side as a survivor, directly affected by lack of research, and really, really, really appreciating the money raised to help find a cure!

For those that have never been to a Relay for Life, the event is kicked off with the survivors lap.  All cancer survivors gather on the track in groups by number of years as a survivor.  For so many years, I stood on the side of the track with others cheering on the cancer survivors.  Of course they always play “sappy” music which immediately makes it emotional.  I can remember always being amazed by the diversity of the survivor crowd.  I’ve said it before, cancer does not discriminate.  The young children affected always tugged at my heart.

This year, it was really, really strange to be the one on the track during the survivor’s lap.  The evening was amazing, emotional, and very surreal.  I hope you enjoy the pictures from the event.

Get ready – next year (May 2013) – we will have our own team.  Everyone of you are invited to participate!  Will you join me?

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  1. Love the pics. Count me in next year. We have participated before and would love to be on your team!

  2. April (or Mrs. Chalmers) – Thanks! Oh, we miss you! Thanks for your comment, and we look forward to you joining our team in May! Stay tuned for details! Meredith (and Gracie and Ed)

  3. You are an inspiration to me as I go to work everyday! Why didn’t you post the photo of our coolest survivor walking your lap with a cup in hand 🙂

    • Ha! I should of!

      Thanks for all that you do for ACS and for your personal support of me, Ed and Gracie! Meredith

  4. Ann Whitten says:

    I’m in! Would love to walk with the Gailes!!

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