Tuesday, May 13, 2008

RACE FOR THE CURE!!!

On May 10th me, my mom, my sister, and Kyler all "ran"the Race for the Cure. It was the first year that we participated and it was SO much fun!! The picture above is of the papers that they have you put on your back to honor whoever you are running the race for. We did it for my Grandma, my mom's mom. She passed away of breast cancer, and I miss her so much! She was an amazing woman. I was so proud to be a part of this event, and to just let my grandma know we haven't forgotten her. There were over 18,000 people that walked/ran for the cure! It was a really emotional thing for me, which surprised me. The whole time I was choking back tears, the good kind and the sad. There were mom's there with their families wearing scarves over their bald helds while their tiny children walked holding their hands wearing papers on their backs saying "for my mom" and husbands "for my wife". There were people who had "in memory of my great grandma, my grandma, my mom, my sister and my other sister who's still fighting". This particular person was wearing a pink shirt that meant she was a survivor or fighting breast cancer currently. There were too many pink shirts. Then there were people who joined as a team. If you do that you can design a shirt for your own team. So many people had a good sense of humor about it! (I would think you would have to for your own sanity) These were some of my favorite team names:

*Team Ta Ta's...saving one Ta at a time
*Walkers for April's Knockers
*Christy's Rack Pack
*Save the Boobies (and had a cartoon picture of the bird called the Blue Footed Booby, it's endangered)
*something about needing to get to second base, I couldn't read all of it, but I imagine it was funny

This is something that will be a tradition in our family now. If you can give money to a good cause AND have fun...why not?

My sister and her baby Kyler getting ready to start! He was so good the whole time. He literally stayed like that the entire race. Just watching people and chillin with his cool shades
There were so many dogs! And almost all of them dressed up. It was HILARIOUS. There was a little min pin dressed in a mini skirt and tank top! Shirts, sweatshirts, bunny ears, pink collars, you name it, the dogs were dressed in it. All in pink of course....
You can't tell in this picture, but you see that little grey triangle thingy at the very top of the crowd of people? Yeah, that's more people. It was amazing to see in person, I'm actually quite upset that you can't tell what it really looked like in the pictures I took. But it was incredible the amount of people that went on and on. It looked like that in front of us and in back. It gave me chills to think that all those people were there because they have been affected by breast cancer.
This was at the fountain at Gateway. The survivors wore pink and they walked around the whole upper level after the sign of how many years they had survived or been cancer free. It started from 30 years and went all the way to 1 year. Sad to say the 30 year group, even the 10 years had hardly any, and the years 1-5 went on forever. This is them starting to fill the stairs so they could play a song and let dove's go. It was pretty amazing. Especially afterward to see the women crying and hugging their loved ones.

What an amazing experience, I'm so glad we did it. There was so much going on, radio stations were there, the girls from Good Things Utah, people giving "tattoo's", and news crews. And apparently we were on TV afterwards for the news....a bunch of people said they saw us. But I had no idea I was ever being filmed, so hopefully I wasn't picking a wedgy? Yikes.

13 comments:

Beth said...

That is so awesome. I would love to do something like that. I would be bawling the whole time too! It is so amazing how many people are affected by such a horrible disease,it really puts life into perspective.

Karlee Turner said...

That's so cool! Way to support such an awesome event and do some good for your own health as well!

Tremayne and Dellany Higby said...

Yup, you made me cry, again. (a lot) Here's to our sweet Grandmas!!!!

where are my dang tissues...

Next year I must go!!!

Tremayne and Dellany Higby said...

Oh and I'm so bringing the dogs!

Heather said...

My favorite was Save the Boobies!! So funny.

Erik and Lisa Harper said...

Way to go girl. We all need to work on protecting the boobies! I totally love this event it is for such an amazing cause. I was sad i couldnt make it up this year but after seeing your pictures I will definately make it next year.

Shandi Brown said...

Good for you! What an amazing experience!

Natalie & Luke said...
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Natalie & Luke said...

What an amazing experience! That is so awesome!

Oh and I knew you would come around about the movie :) hahaha
I'm so excited to see you in a couple weeks at Sara's. I miss you. It will be great getting together with everyone.

Jess said...

Ok next year I am walking with you guys!!!! seriously I want to so bad! That is so awesome and seeing Grandma's name on your back made me want to cry. Good for you guys!!!

Calli and Mike Hayman said...

Hey! Oh my gosh! I am SO glad you said hi! It's been TOO long! How are things? Your blog is so cute and it looks like you guys are having fun! Yay! I am so glad that I can pop in now and again to say whats up! Keep in touch with me too! PS Thats so awesome you did the race- i totally needa do it next year! good job :o)

Vierra crew said...

I WAS SIGNED UP TO GO AND DO THIS AND WE FORGOT ABOUT IT AND DIDN'T GO. I'M SO BUMBED I HAVE TALKED TO SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE AND SAID IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! THERE IS A LADY IN MY WARD FIGHTING BREAST CANCER. I LOVE THOSE TEAM NAMES! WHAT A GREAT ATTITUDE PEOPLE HAVE IN THOSE TYPE OF SITUATIONS!

Heidi said...

Fun! I want to do that - and I would totally be emotional. How neat!