I am walking for Relay of Life for several reasons. My nana died from cancer when I was 12 years old. That was my first experience with death and at an impressionable age did not really know how to deal with it. I miss her to this day.
Now in my fifties it feels like my whole family is touched by this horrendous disease. My dad has been dealing with cancer and/or the after effects for several years. He is a very strong man and gets up every morning to go to his tree farm. I worry about him every day.
Last year my brother was diagnosed with cancer and went through surgery and is in excellent health today. After surgery I never heard him complain one bit regarding the recovery.
This brings me to my two aunts, Geri and Gail. Auntie Geri is one brave lady. I am proud to say that she is a survivor and the family could not be happier for her. Auntie Gail has had and still has her share of hurdles to jump. I pray for her every day and wish I could be closer to her. She lives in Virginia Beach and I am planning to visit her next month.
Needless to say we are a very close family and with every ounce of this disease we all stick together and do whatever we can for each other.
Therefore, I am walking for Relay of Life for my family and every other family out there dealing with this awful monster of a disease.
Love you all very much Dad, BJ, Geri and Gail. Xxxooo
– Pam Burns, Administrative Assistant