August 13, 2009
I forgot to post this earlier! The Highline Relay for Life crew did a super bang up job raising money for the American Cancer Society on August 1st - nearly $30,000! (Not bad for a couple of small towns in Montana!) At first, Gary and I just went to show our support for all the participants. First, I sent him home for our sneakers so we could walk. Then, water, then snacks, then warm clothes! For the first three laps, I cried my eyes out, but we walked 10 miles each in memory of my late husband, Larry, who died June 3, 2005, of brain cancer after a 6-month battle. It meant more than I can express in words that Gary walked with me. We walked around the football field on the high school track, and around 11:30 p.m., the luminaries around the track were lit in memory of all those who lost their battle with cancer. On the actual stands, the luminaries were arranged to spell out "HOPE" and started my tears again. At midnight, I left to let the dogs have a break outside at home, and when I got back, Gary did a "Lap for Larry" and RAN around the track (1/4 mile). Some of the participants walked 30 miles! I saw lots of friends and renewed many friendships that night. Many in Cut Bank knew Larry and cheered us on throughout the entire walk. Also, all night we had music to walk to, furnished by a local DJ and some other musical folks. It was a wonderful time and we've decided to walk in the Relay for Life every year, and next year, we'll have a whole team walking!