This weekend my wife is at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Relay For Life held in Tacoma, Washington - The birthplace of Relay For Life. She is a member of Team Relay Nation, which is made up of Heroes of Hope from across the United States and the world. As a Hero of Hope she has spoken all across the state of Arkansas including the steps of the Capitol in Little Rock. (You can hear her speech at the Capitol here.)
Although I really wanted to be able to experience the Relay Celebration in Tacoma our finances made it impossible. I was feeling sorry for myself, but was cheered up when my wife took me to the Relay in 2D form.
Apparently Flat Richard made lots of friends at Relay. He had his picture taken with Shannon. She lost her battle with cancer on Memorial Day 2014. She had already signed up for the last lap. She made that lap with the help of her friends. These guys walked 14 miles from the coast carrying her to Relay. Now that's the Relay spirit!
Flat Richard also made friends with a dance team of little girls from the Samoa Team who danced at Relay For Life.
He enjoyed getting to spend time with family.
It was awesome to get to experience one of the largest Relays ever at the birthplace of Relay.
I was able to actually experience some of the Relay because they had a live internet feed. I was able to see Flat Richard circle the track, and see him with Team Relay Nation.
Flat Richard experienced this 24 hour Relay and was on the track for the final lap.
Flat Richard was at Relay the whole time. Always wanting to be helpful, he even helped get the last wagon load of stuff to the car.
The Relay For Life of Tacoma was very successful, raising over 530,000 dollars. If you aren't involved in Relay For Life, find a Relay near you and get involved. There are over 5,200 Relays in the U.S and over 600 Relay For Life events to support cancer organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. To find a Relay For Life event near you click here.