It is hard to believe a year ago today, that we didn’t know if I would have another Father’s Day. Every holiday that comes up is very special to us and we treat it as though it may be our last. We are grateful to our friends, family and supporters that have been with us through this bumpy ride. There are so many fathers that are not here today, but there are so many fathers that are and I can say that I am one of those. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there and may we have many more days together like today.
On April 27th, 2013, the Menifee Relay for Life was introduced to Team Sal with almost 90 team members out of the 538 participants at the entire event. We were the largest team at the Relay and in second place out of 23 teams for the most money raised….next year we will raise more! We raised $9,907.50! Almost $10,000!!! What a great beginning for Team Sal!
The money was raised for the American Cancer Society to help fund research, programs such as the Hope Lodge and Road to Recovery that helps cancer patients that need transportation to and from treatments. Every dollar raised helps us come closer to finding a cure!
Cancer has affected millions and will continue if we don’t do something! Participating in a Relay for Life is just one way you can help. If you haven’t been to a Relay for Life, it is an experience that will change your perspective on cancer patients and their families. Cancer is not cured over night. There are cancer patients that fight for years, some win and unfortunately some do not. This is why we need to do everything we can to help win this battle. Cancer does not care about your age, ethnicity, sex, education, or financial status. Anyone can get it!
Our daughter’s classmate asked, “Is there a cancer that is worse than other cancers or what kills you faster?” All cancers can be deadly, granted there are cancers that can be “cured” with a chemo pill or radiation treatment, but did you know that years later that the cancer can come back in your body somewhere else. A cancer patient has to live their lives every day, every week, every year wondering if it has returned. This is why a cancer patient has to stay positive and enjoy life! This is also why we need to find what causes cancer and create a cure that will prevent all cancers!
If you would like to donate to the American Cancer Society, please go to Team Sal Menifee Relay for Life. All funds are tax deductible and go directly to the American Cancer Society.
This is our first year as a team and we plan on having Team Sal every year. Our family has participated at the Menifee Relay over the past several years, however, last year Sal was diagnosed with Acute Monocytic Leukemia about a week before the Relay. Sal was in the hospital on and off for over 7 months, during this time we would discuss what we were going to do during the next Relay?..well the time has come and we have created our own team. Our goal was to create a team with all of our friends to help celebrate the life of Sal and many others like him. He has been in remission since July and he continues to fight cancer. With the help of our friends and family we want to show cancer that Team Sal isn’t going to give up!
At Relay For Life, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.Our team is doing our part in the fight against cancer.
By joining Team Sal you show Sal and others like him that he has support in this terrifying fight! We know that not everyone can join us during the actual event, however you can show your support by donating. Please join our team or make a donation, because saving lives starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time.
Please join us next Thursday at Chipotle in Menifee. Our friend Jennifer Mull has setup a fundraiser to help raise funds for the Relay for Life!
Please help us raise money for Team Sal by joining us Thursday March 28th between 4-9pm. Please make sure you print out the flyer, which you can find on our facebook page. If you have any problems, please let us know and we can email a copy of the flyer to you. Click here to view the flyer.
Over the past weekend, Menifee had their annual Relay for Life. Over the past few years we have always, as a family, participated in the Relay for Life. This year was very special to us, since Sal was diagnosed with AML. We joined the “Positive Attitude” team that was organized by Mrs. Root, a third grade teacher at Freedom Crest Elementary, and her husband. There were only a few people on the team but they definitely worked hard at getting spirit bucks throughout the 24 hours. Cheyene, for the second time, donated 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love and Kiera read the Chief Tecumseh Poem during the luminare presentation. We were very proud of our daughters for their dedication to fighting cancer.
We would like to give a huge thank you to Chet Johnston and his family for providing tshirts for the kids, myself, and his wife that had Sal’s photo on it. I felt very proud to wear a shirt with Sal’s picture on it that said he was a survivor…..next year Sal will be wearing the purple shirt with SURVIVOR on the back!
Every year Sal walks/runs/jogs around 10 miles. This year since he wasn’t able to do it, Cheyene walked 15 miles and Kiera dressed up for the different themes just like Sal has done in the past….does anyone remember when he dressed up in the bra or the hula skirt??
Next year, we are going to have our own team dedicated to educating people about Leukemia. We are still debating on the name of the team but we definitely have our motto, “We don’t have time for this crap”….we can’t say sh** because Kiera said it was a family event.
We would like to say a big “Thank you” to everyone that walked in honor of Sal. I know there were people that usually don’t go to the Relay for Life or they usually go to a different Relay and it was extremely special to see them at the Menifee Relay. The American Cancer Society has done so much for the research of cancer and the families that are affected by cancer. Next year, we would love to invite all of our friends and family to join us in the fight against cancer!