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If you don't know already, we are participating in Yorktown's Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Soceity! Team Love Struck has been assembled and it's time to learn about my other fantastic team members because without them, reaching our goal would be impossible!
Lets start off with my wonderful sister, Stefanie.
Stefanie is my older sister, and I'll be the first to tell you we're complete opposites except when it comes to our sense of humor. She will tell you that I'm a little ridiculous especially when I do dances in the kitchen when I'm cooking, but don't be fooled, she'll whip out her own moves from time to time.
Stefanie has such a brilliant mind, yes she's greatly educated and did great in high school and college, but she is always using her mind in ways a lot of people don't. Passion runs through her, especially for the things she loves. If you ever hear her talk about our dog Asher, you'll instantly feel how deep her love for animals runs. But her passion doesn't simply end there. When you talk to her you can instantly tell when she feels strongly about something. She educates herself, forms her own opinons and wants to hear what others feel too. She is strong minded but it doesn't mean that she doesn't want to hear what you have to say. She wants to learn and one of those ways she learns is from hearing what other people have to say. She has a thirst for knowledge unlike anybody else I know (besides my Aunt Lisa!)
Despite us being so opposite, I've learned a lot from my sister and she is a big part of helping me become the person I am today. I'm eternally grateful for that!
So why does Stefanie Relay? Read below, her own words why Relay for Life is so important to her and who she is Relaying for this year!
"Several years ago after a ring of the phone, my family embarked on a continuing journey into the world of cancer. I had known people with cancer before, but this was my first venture into the inner circle. My Aunt Carol, not even fifty years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Quickly words like chemo, port, counts, oncologist were part of daily conversation. With the cancer center being only few miles from my office, I began spending every other Tuesday lunch at the Dickstein Cancer Center catching up with Aunt Carol and meeting others who are so bravely fighting. One of the most striking things I took away from my time as a chemo visitor is the dedication of the nurses. I remember one nurse telling us how she used to work in a nursing home, but it became too depressing for her to continue, so she moved to oncology. In my head I couldn't understand how this could possibly be less depressing.
By this point some of the familiar faces were no longer seen, as they lost their fight. But then she continued her story- in a nursing home people were waiting to die, and even though death came on a more steady basis, in the oncology world people were fighting to live. It was the fight, the hope and the perseverance of her patients that kept her spirits up and made her a stronger person.
That is what Relay for Life is about- it is about coming together to fight- the stronger we
are the better chance we have of winning this battle.
I Relay for my Aunt Carol who continues to battle on and fight even when it seems the odds aren't in her favor. She is one of the strongest people I know and will never give up the fight. I Relay for my grandfather Tom, who although wasn't my blood, was more of a grandfather than I ever had- or ever could imagine. I Relay for Joanie, my second mother, who after the crappiest year, found out she had cancer- and beat it. I Relay for my family who has only become closer because of cancer, and for all the families walking this journey together. I Relay for myself, and my future children, who I pray will never have to battle this disease. I truly believe that one by one we can find a cure for all cancer if we all work together.
Relay for Life is such an important tool for brining communities together to spread the word and awareness. So throw on a purple shirt, lace up your walking shoes and Relay for Life."
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!