When other cities are bragging about winning the NBA, NFL or NHL titles, we in Bakersfield can top that. The Bakersfield Relay for Life is Number One in the WORLD. That’s right. The American Cancer society sends folks to our town to observe and learn how we do Relay.
I’m proud to be part of the largest, most well-known Relay for Life. Relay season provides the opportunity to raise money for education and research and for providing aid to cancer patients. We support and show compassion to those living with cancer. We honor cancer survivors and memorialize relatives, friends, and co-workers who have passed on.
Thanks to our generous donors, our little team of ten women has maintained “Top 10” fundraising status for many years, holding our own with corporate teams. Our team, Bob Miller & Friends Pull Together for a Cure, rocks!
A bonus for me is time with family. We call it the Sister LoveFest. My sister flies in from Michigan; one daughter travels from North Carolina; the other daughter comes up from Los Angeles; and often Judy’s sister, who lives in Reno, joins us. It’s a reunion and slumber party with several traditions that we anticipate from year to year.
So, with the arrival of sister Reenié, the giggle train is powering up and is about to leave the station. The girls will arrive soon and hop on. Entwined in our reconnecting and catching up, we will reflect on our family members, friends, and loved ones who live on in our memories. Much of it will be the funny things they did or said. Even in our missing them, the giggle train will chug along.
I invite you to share a story or memory of your friends and loved ones.
~ xoA ~