The rain couldn’t keep the survivors and supporters of Marystown and surrounding areas away from the Relay for Life! The day was filled with heartwarming stories, meeting amazing people and of course many, many laps for all the brave men, women and children who have fought against cancer.I was so happy to not only attend but to help sell and decorate luminaries for those who have won, lost and are still fighting their battles. While doing so I was privileged to meet so many lovely people and learn of their highs and lows, their struggles and victories.
I always feel such a strong connection to the Relay for Life and everything it stands for because I have watched my own family members fight their battles with cancer.I lost all sense of myself once my beloved aunt, who had become like a mother to me lost her battle with cancer and am currently standing strongly with my grandfather as he bravely fights his personal battle.
It’s easy to feel alone despite having so many friends and family members around you, people who are going through the exact same thing as you. The Relay for Life brings those people together, allowing you to become close with other families who are facing the same hardships you are or create new bonds within your family.This event showed me the beautiful side of cancer, not the harsh, sad side, it showed me the side of raw love, of unwavering care, the side of surviving, remembering and conquering.
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤