I Relay For My Mom


relayMy favorite event of the year is coming up this weekend and I could not be more excited for it. Before coming to college, I had never been involved with Relay for Life which baffles me since my life has been significantly impacted by cancer. 2013 was my first year participating, and I can honestly say it changed my life.

Relay for Life provides a beautiful opportunity to honor the lives of those we have lost, support those currently battling, and celebrate those who have overcome cancer. Even if your life specifically has not been impacted by cancer, it is an amazing way to show solidarity and support. There is nothing easy about having somebody you love struggle with this ugly disease – it is truly terrifying. Events like Relay give us hope. It shows us that we are not alone and shows those struggling with cancer that they have an incredible support system. If we all fight this together, we can someday find the cure to ending all cases of cancer.

If you would like to make a donation to my Relay for Life team, the link is here. Any support is greatly appreciated.

I would love to hear your story of how cancer has impacted your life or anything that has helped you get through this difficult time! Please leave a comment so that we can be supports to each other.

If you would like to hear a little bit more about my story, please keep reading!

As many of you may know, my mom has skin cancer. Throughout the years, I have seen her battle this disease with such ferocity, courage, and patience. As her cancer is very widespread, she usually has some sort of treatment for it at least every two months or so. Somehow, she still manages to hold a full-time position as a second grade teacher, make my family dinner every night, and take care of everybody else. She is completely selfless – putting our family’s needs before her own. From endless surgeries, radiation, and many other intensive treatments, she keeps a positive attitude. She pushes through hardly ever complaining, and it just blows me away.

Sometimes her surgeons will tell her she needs to be off her feet for a week after a particularly difficult surgery and I will find her bustling around the house doing laundry, cleaning, and cooking for our family just a few days later. While this drives me crazy because I want her to rest as much as possible, I am also incredibly inspired by it. I am in awe of her strength and bravery everyday.

I do not want to share too much information about how else cancer has effected me in my life, but I will say I have known many people who have lost their lives to it. Those losses have impacted my life and the lives of those I care about dramatically.

I relay for my mom, grandma, Dave, and Denise. Who do you relay for?


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  • Sarah

    Your mom sounds like quite the lady! That’s incredible. Best of luck to her and your family in her fight!

    Have a great time at Relay too :) I did it in high school and it was a blast.

    • Thank you so much, Sarah. She truly amazes me! I’m so glad you’ve been involved with Relay and have had such a positive experience with it! Thank you for reading! xo

  • This is my 5th year doing Relay for Life!!!! I am so glad to hear that you do it as well. Even though this is my 5th year, it’s the first year without my dad as he passed away this past Sept from Mesothelioma. Relay on girlie!!!

    • Kelleen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There is so much hope in the words you write. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me and I hope you find comfort in Relay (: Keeping you and your family in my prayers

  • Much love to you, Madeleine. I am so grateful for you and your family. While our journey with cancer brought much angst and sadness and loss, it also brought humility, courage and connection…and most of all LOVE. Here’s a post on my blog that sums up what I feel about cancer and why I relay.!

    • Words cannot express how much I love you and your family Michelle. I can’t wait to see you this summer and give you a HUGE hug! Maybe now I’ll be going to school a little closer to you, I’ll be able to see y’all more. And now that Kaitlyn and Liv will be going to UPS, I’m sure I’ll see all of you much more. You have an incredible family and I feel blessed to have you all in our lives. Thinking of you always.

  • Semirah

    Amazing inspiration! I relay just because I know that there are amazing people like your mom, grandma, dave, and denis.

    HCXO Semirah

  • Allyssa

    This is truly touching and inspiring. My uncle is currently battling cancer in California, and does not want to undergo chemo, so he is opting to go to an alternative treatment center M-F for 3 months (he has to fly every week). The faith, strength and patience of cancer patients is truly amazing. Bless you and your family, Madeline! Your mom is in my prayers.

    • Oh gosh Allyssa, that is so difficult, I am so sorry. He is a brave man for undergoing alternative treatment – I really hope it works! It’s such a scary time, so I’m here if you need anything at all. Your family is in my prayers as well, thank you so much. xo