Today I had the opportunity to get my photo taken as part of the “Why I relay” campaign in the lead up to the Fantasy Faire opening later this month. Catelina Staheli has very kindly offered her services in support of the cause and you can slip over to her Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/81538244@N05/ to see the photos she has already created. The messages are all personalized in that you share your own reasons why you relay for life.
Also here is the link for The Fantasy Faire web page, with lots of information : https://www.flickr.com/photos/81538244@N05/
Catelina offered me the chance to photograph a second picture, and I grabbed the opportunity to share a fantasy themed styling in the spirit of Fantasy Faire.
There are many very personal reasons why people get behind supporting RFL fundraisers, such as I shared in the first photo, but also more widespread general wishes and hopes for the eradication of cancer.
When I looked at my second picture I thought for a moment.. why did I choose to capitalize the word cancer in my answer? Am I making it too important, making it dominate , giving it focus.. but as I thought about it I decided it was how it feels to me.
Cancer is not a cold, it is not a case of chickenpox – yes there are possible complications from these things, but cancer- Cancer is invasive and unpredictable. There is no set reason why one person gets Cancer and another does not. There are different circumstances that may increase your chances at getting a Cancer ( for example in my father’s case a farmer who worked much of his life in the outdoors with little sun protection he has an ongoing battle with skin cancer). There are different things that people can do to increase their chances of successfully handling the treatment , and side effects of the treatment, but there is no guarantee it will be 100% successful.
Cancer deserves a big letter, not so that we give up when we run into it ( personally or through family and friends) but so that we don’t. So that whether we have personal experience of Cancer or not , we make sure that we don’t forget about it, that we don’t give up . That we, as part of human kind, all fight together with whatever knowledge, wealth, strength, passion, belief and hope that we have individually and collectively so that Cancer shrinks, that it becomes a thing of the past. So that one day we can only see the word in our history books and not in our everyday lives.
These are some of the reasons I relay. They are personal and they may not be yours, but please if you don’t already relay for life I ask you to think about it.
PS I will blog about the second outfit in this post on another occasion but if you want any details ( about either photo) just drop me a note.. or wait patiently for the upcoming post 🙂