Welcome to my personal Relay For Life fundraising page
Christmas Cheer Basket
Euro 2012 50/50
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Why I Relay
I first got involved with the Relay for Life in 2004. That was the first Relay after Sandra, a dear friend and co-worker, was diagnosed with cancer. A group of Union Gas people formed a team as a way to support Sandra in her battle.
Sandra and I had a lot in common. We both studied Computer Science at Waterloo. Sandra was a year ahead of me. Although we didn't know each other at Waterloo, we shared some of the same professors and had some friends in common. When I started at Union Gas in 1991, Sandra and I briefly worked on the same team before she moved on to another group. In 1992 we both started night school and worked together on our MBAs for the following 5 years. In 1996 we became co-workers again when I joined her team and remained teammates until she went on leave in 2003.
My first Relay Night was an overwhelming experience. From the bagpipe-led survivor lap, through the wicked 3:00 am wind, sunrise and the final lap, the night just seemed to fly by.
Unfortunately, Sandra lost her battle before the 2005 Relay and the night took on a different meaning - it was even more moving this time around.
Our team took a hiatus and didn't participate in 2007. When we regrouped for the 2008 Relay, I jumped at the chance to get involved again. That year Sandra's closest friend, Margaret took over leadership of the team and led us for two years to be one of the top fundraising teams in Chatham-Kent. Now, Margaret if fighting her own cancer battle.