May 8, 2009
Relay for Life. We will join the hundreds (thousands?) of good folks from the Brazos Valley who will gather tonight at the high school stadium to honor and remember their friends and family members who have had cancer.
Some of our friends organized a special memorial for Erin. Here's the way they put it on Facebook:
We will have a lap in honor of Erin at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8. We are inviting all of Erin's family and friends to join us in a lap at Relay to celebrate her life and remember her. We know Erin loved green - so be sure and wear your green for her!
Everyone that wants to participate in Erin's lap should gather at the Field House at 8:15. We will take our lap at 8:30.
Please note: this lap won't officially be announced. So, we need to spread the word and let everyone that might want to participate know that we are doing this. Then, just gather at the Field House around 8:15. We'll take our lap for Erin at 8:30. See you then!!
I don't know if Walter and I would have made it out to Relay this year, but not for this special gathering of Erin fans. As it is, I will bring a handkerchief or two or six. The year that Erin was the honorary co-chair, and every year after that we attended, she would start off with the other survivors for the opening lap, but unlike everyone else, she and Nico would run the survivors lap. Every year she ran or walked 20 or more laps (depending on how long I would let her stay). Even the year I let her get up to 26 laps (six and a half miles), I had to force her, under duress, to get in the car and go home to bed. If you are a local, consider this your invitation to join us tonight to celebrate and remember the spirit of Erin and all of those dear to us who have faced cancer.
Here's Erin her first year at relay with my nephew Mark who survives lymphoma.