August 10th. This is the first time this date will come and go without a hug or a phone call. You see it should have been my dad’s 64th birthday today. But instead of singing, laughing, and opening gifts, we’ll be looking for butterflies. Reading Grandpa Green. And planning for Relay for Life at the end of the month.
If you don’t know what Relay is — a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society, please take a moment to watch the video on the right sidebar (I’m no longer compensated pennies for it, I just love it). This event is inspiring. Hopeful. Fun. Emotional. Powerful.
In the past, I’ve had so many friends say they’d love to be a part of Relay. So please consider this an open invitation — I’d love to have you join my sweet friend, Nancy, and my family. We’ll be part of a very small Relay — so small you can’t register online…though we’d love to help it grow! — in Washington Park in Burlingame on Saturday, August 25th (at 10am) through Sunday, August 26th (at 10am). Though it’s become a bit more challenging to go for 24 hours straight with kids, we’ll be there as much as we can manage. Our team captain, Nancy, will be there the whole, long night (after all, cancer doesn’t rest). So if you can swing by for 10 minutes or want to pitch your tent and enjoy the whole experience, let me know.
And if you can’t be there, but would like to honor a loved one with a luminaria during a truly beautiful ceremony (I think the suggested donation is $15 per), please let me know. You can email me at usingourwords (at) yahoo (dot) com to let me know if and how you’d like to be a part of this Relay for Life.