The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, is an incredible event that gives everyone, all over the world, an opportunity to celebrate the lives of friends, families and strangers who have battled cancer, remember those who have lost their lives, and fight back against the disease. Teams of people gather together at a local venue and take turns running and/or walking around a track or path. There must be at least one representative from each team on the track at all times. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the American Cancer Society. In order to symbolize that “cancer never sleeps,” the Relay for Life events are overnight, sometimes lasting up to 24 hours.
One of the best parts about being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader is the fact that we have the opportunity to participate in and appear at so many charity events around our community and USO appearances all over the world. I have appeared at the Relay for Life of Keller, Texas since my second season as a DCC in 2009. Because October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I returned to Keller for my third year to cheer on those walking around the track, listen to stories, take photos with everyone and help raise money for cancer research.
This year I did Relay for Life with Nicole. I was a little sad because usually a big group of girls attend the event, and we get to stay for a few hours. But this year Nicole and I could only stay for an hour because we had to be up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning and do “camera-ready” hair and makeup to head to Cowboys Stadium for the Cowboys vs. Lions game.
I really didn’t want to miss Relay for Life! Even though there were only two of us, we still had members of the Texas State Guard looking out for us the entire time. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful event again, even though we couldn’t stay as long.
I wish I could have seen the luminaria ceremony! If you’ve never seen this ceremony. It is an amazing, emotional and inspirational part of Relay for Life. Everyone gathers around candles that are lit, each one representing someone special who has been affected by cancer.
Relay for Life is a wonderful event that is held in various cities around the U.S. I was a part of it for about five years in my hometown in the Rio Grande Valley, and I feel so blessed to be able to continue being a part of this event as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.