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Relay For Life 2011

Last year Jo, her sisters, cousins and nieces took part in the relay for life which is a 24 hour relay walk or run (I think mum did more walking than running) around a track to raise money for cancer research. Jo and the Dolce Vita team are raising money for her sister and all other cancer sufferers around the world. It would mean a great deal to us to know we have your support and any donation large or small, would be extremely appreciated to help fight this terrible disease. Even if you can’t make a donation, it would mean a lot to us if you could keep everyone affected by this disease in your thoughts as we believe that your thoughts can have an extremely powerful influence on others and some people call this prayer. So however you send your wishes (donation, prayer or loving thoughts) will be a great influence to everyone directly or indirectly suffering from this awful disease.

I visited my mum, aunties and cousins on the night of the relay last year and to me the most moving part was the candle of hope ceremony when we all walked around the track with our families and friends. Everyone joined the teams as we walked around the track guided by the flickering candles of hope. It was completely silent and the only thing you could hear were the echoes of the very strong, emotional crying. It was a very moving experience for me.

A Candle of Hope is a bag, filled with sand and a candle, which is decorated and dedicated to somebody lost to cancer or someone who has survived the disease or currently fighting it. As night falls at your Relay For Life event, teams gather together to light the candles and pay tribute to loved ones. It gives everyone a special opportunity to remember those who have been lost to cancer and to celebrate the lives of those who have survived the disease, and is the only time that Relay stands still.

I will be visiting again this year with my dad and brother to support mum and her team. The event will be held at Aylesbury sports club in Weston Turville (HP22 5RN) and you are all more than welcome to come along and support the event on the 2nd to 3rd July 2011.

Cancer will more than likely affect us all in some way and once it has, you quickly find out that nearly everyone you speak to has been touched directly or indirectly with cancer and thankfully nowadays the survival rate is so much better and all thanks to the likes of Cancer Research UK and many others and more importantly people like you who donate as without you the life expectancy would not be as good as it is today.

#Jo’s Official Cancer research sponsor page#

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