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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Rocking for the Cure! Relay for Life 2008

On April 5th and 6th, 2008, I will Rock for the Cure at UC Davis! This is my first year doing Relay for Life with my pal Pinkie, who has been doing it for about 3-4 years. Our Team is the Rockstars, and this year we are going to raise money by Rocking for the Cure! I know the night of the Relay we are going to have Rockband and Guitar Hero set up at our campsite to keep people busy and collect extra donations. We are also making cute Purple ribbon sleep shorts and boxers and taking donations for those (I will edit in pics when we have made some). I know that we are sending out support letters and that people can donate on our Personal pages. Visit my Relay for Life page! Does anyone have any ideas on other things we can do to raise funds? I am especially interested in creative ways to ask people for individual support, I don't like asking for money because many of my friends and family members donate money to the many missionaries that our church's (Society of Friend's, or Quaker) send out every year. But this is for cancer research, and that is a great thing to donate money to. I have had some close encounters with cancer in my family: one of grandfathers died from pancriatic cancer in 1991, and one of my grandmothers died after a long battle with multiple myloma in 1996, my mom had a cancerous carcinoma removed from her eye just last year, and my 18 year old brother has battled with a desmoid tumor in his bicep since he was about 16 - it was not officially cancerous but he did have to go through chemo and radiation to get it to shrink and keep it from recurring. In just a few years, cancer research has advanced so much, and it is because of the many donations that have come in from those touched by cancer. I have also recently been really inspired by one little girl, Jenessa "Boey" Byers, to rock for a cure this year. I never met her, but her light shines to anyone who got a glimpse into her life. On December 28th, 2007, "Boey" went home to heaven and her light started shining even brighter as her families episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired multiple times on ABC. I saw a rerun of it for the first time in January, but I believe it first aired in October. She was such a fighter. Check out her families website , and see why I am doing Relay for Life this year. I am rocking for Boey! We will help find a cure!

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