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Featured Bloggers 1/12/16: Networking 101

Published January 12, 2016 by lynn k scott

Originally posted on Dream Big, Dream Often.  My lil blog is actually one of the featured blogs for today.  The highlighted post was about completing my first Relay for Life as a Team Captain.  It was a very special time for my family.

Please leave comments on the original post.  Thanks!

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I see that this post gets a lot of views throughout the day, but not so many clicks on the links.  Let me remind you of the purposes of the post:

  1. Help you find new and fun blogs to read
  2. To help you find new blogs to follow and thus find new followers for yourself
  3. To assist in building a community of people with diverse beliefs and views thus expanding our worldview!

After all, how can you expect someone to visit your page if you are not willing to visit their page?  I produce this post to help you connect a grow your blog so take advantage of bloggers that are delivered to your doorstep.  All that you have to do is click on their page, read and follow.  If they don’t follow back after a couple days, then unfollow them if you want.

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Completed the Relay for Life (2015)

Published July 13, 2015 by lynn k scott

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I completed my first 24-hour Relay for Life this past weekend (July 11-12).  Next year, I hope to serve on the committee for the planning and running of the Relay.  I was fortunate to have a great co-captain.  Nicole and I kept each other motivated and we worked really well as a team.

It was a good “get your feet wet” type of event.  All in all, I walked a total of 17+ miles by the time we completed the final lap.  My nine year old daughter stayed with me the for the entire event as well.  She completed about 3 miles on her own.  I’m very proud of her for sticking it out.  She was enamored with sleeping outside in a tent for the first time.

With each lap completed, you get the opportunity to pick up a bead to represent that lap.  You choose the color(s) that work for you.  I chose beads to represent the cancers in my family:  Stomach, Breast, Lymphoma, Brain and Lung.

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The wind was not our friend.  It tried to take out booth and chuck it at the fire department across the track.  Thankfully, our neighboring booth, had someone who staked it down for us.  Next year, we will be prepared for the wind with weights and our our own stakes.

I also learned, I am not meant to sleep on the ground.  Since I don’t go camping much, I will invest in a good sleeping blanket and a cot to put that sleeping blanket on.  Being as this was my first time captaining a team, I think we did rather well.

One of the really fun parts of the Relay was the “Mr. Dixon” contest.  Guys and boys dressed up as women, many donning pink, and walked around collecting money.  The won who collected the most, was then named, “Mr. Dixon”. I couldn’t resist a photo and actually got a picture with him!

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The luminaria ceremony was especially difficult for me.  We heard two speakers; both survivors.  The second speaker was 18 years old and a 12-year survivor.  Her words were moving and powerful.  When she read the poem, “What Cancer Cannot Do”, the flood gates opened.  I had read that as the closing of my sister’s eulogy.  Then there was the slideshow.  Seeing her on the screen sent me running for the bathroom.  I was sick to my stomach because of all the emotion.  I really am glad it was at night. There was no one to see my tears.

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We woke up around 3:00 a.m. and started our morning.  The nice part of waking so early is you get to see a beautiful sunrise. A reminder that it’s a new day with new opportunities.  Another day to make a difference.

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I did enter a raffle for a painting that moved me as soon as I saw it.  It’s an acrylic painting that was done by a local artist.  I paid my $5.00 in raffle tickets and put them all in the painting raffle.  After I woke up the next morning and resumed my laps around the track, the entire team stopped me.  They remembered me and why I entered the raffle; told them about my sister.

They were so pleased to inform me that I had won.  I started crying again.  The person I had spoken with about why I was drawn to it, actually cried when my name was pulled.  She knew it would mean the                                                                                        world to me.  I received several hugs from that team.

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It’s amazing the love and support at flows freely at the Relay for Life.  There is no judgement.  We are all there for such a great cause.  Whether you are there to help set up, work registration, are a survivor, a team captain, walking a few laps, making a donation or simply encouraging others, your dedication to the cause is valued.

Relay for Life: Tomorrow

Published July 10, 2015 by lynn k scott

The day is finally here; or will be tomorrow.  I’m making my Relay post now because tomorrow, there is just no way possible for that to happen.

We will wake up around 5:00 a.m. and get ready to pack up the cars and leave for the Relay around 6:00 a.m.  My daughter, who is nine, will be spending the next 24+ hours with me at the Relay.  She is very excited to be a participant and is looking forward to manning the booth and selling items to add to our team donation.

This will be my first year being a team captain and I can guarantee it won’t be my last.  This will be a way for me to honor my sister, Kathi, while we support those who have won or are still fighting their battle.

The theme of the Relay is “Movies”.  Being my co-captain and I are both military moms, we chose to go with a military-type movie.  We didn’t have a lot of time to choose and picked, “Max”.  I contacted a local movie theater to see if they had any promotional posters.  As luck would have it, they did. Phew…I didn’t know where I’d get a Malinois on such short-notice.

I’ve printed up words and laminated them:  Honor, Loyalty, Semper-Fi.  We are going to hang them around our booth.  We’ll hang our poster and decorate with red, white and blue streamers.

We received some donations to raffle off:  a tutu dress, an afghan, and a few other items.

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We will donate some homemade brownies for the dessert part of the evening that will take place at midnight.  We are going to also sell homemade cookies, biscotti, muffins, popcorn balls (gluten-free) and brownies (gluten-free) lip balm, glitter crayons, earrings and rings.

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We should have a lot of fun.  The lil miss is looking forward to staying up as late as she wants.  I don’t think she’ll make it much past midnight, but we’ll see.  I am pretty much taking the 12-6 shift to be walking.  For me, that is “my time” to remember my sister.

The luminaria dedication is at 9:00 p.m.  I am glad it’s then because I was in tears when my daughter started decorating the luminaria bags.  I shed a couple more when she completed them and almost lost it when I received an email about a caption for Kathi’s picture for the dedication.  At least the red circles that develop under my eyes will be somewhat masked by the darkness of the evening; even though the track is somewhat lit up.

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I am excited for tomorrow and what it will bring.  Each year we will continue to grow our team and make more strides to wiping out cancer and making it a permanent memory!

Relay For Life: Just Around the Corner

Published July 1, 2015 by lynn k scott

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The Relay for Life I am participating in is just around the corner.  I didn’t handle Kathi’s angel-versary well at all.  I was a mess. My body once again betrayed me.  Now when I cry, I get these red, crescent moon-shaped circles under my eyes. They don’t go away for almost half a day and are very noticeable.  So much for blaming allergies…sheesh!

On a more positive note, my fundraising has gone better than I could have ever anticipated.  My combined total (2 different Relay donations) is $430!  My original goal was $100.

The tattoo fundraiser I set up, netted $245 in donations.  My coworkers have been a wonderful source of support for the Relay. They have bought quite a bit of the jam and preserves I have been making and canning.  With some private donations, that made up the other $185.00.

Next year, my personal goal will be set at $500.00.  If I can raise over $400 this year, I need to set my goal higher and work to achieve more.

While my sister has left me here among the living, she is still a source of inspiration and strength.  She would be be so proud of my efforts. She would tell me she knew I could do it.  I decided to have a shirt made to wear the day of the Relay.  It was a little big, as they sold guy shirts.

What’s a girl to do?  Customize it of course!  The airbrushing came out AMAZING!  Just need to make the shirt work for me. First to go…the sleeves.  Sleeves are so confining.  Ok, yes, I’m partial to tank tops.  I cut off the sleeves and since it’s a guy’s shirt, you can see a little skin near my ribs now.

That’s an easy fix…sports bra and spaghetti strap undershirt.  Either way, that makes for a comfy shirt; esp. if I sneak a nap in so I can walk most of the evening hours.

The other “fix” is the length.  I’m just going to rubber band the excess on my hip.  Heck ya…bring back the 80s!!!  Kathi woudl definitely approve of that.

My sister was a fighter.  On July 11, 2015, I will be fighting, with other survivors, caregivers, family and friends who have lost precious loved-ones to Cancer.

Together we will find a cure!

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It’s been 3 Years

Published June 12, 2015 by lynn k scott

Today marks the third anniversary of my sister losing her breast cancer battle.  I apologize for not keeping up the blog.   This week has been a bit intense.  I have been consumed with canning and preparing fresh meals.

I realized yesterday, I deal with Kathi’s passing differently as the years go by.  The first year, I just cried.  I kept reading old emails and texts from her.  Last year I remembered her through the music she enjoyed.  This year, it was canning and cooking. I’ve only been canning a little over three years now.  One of the last conversations Kathi and I had, before the cancer took a turn for the worse, was how she was going to start canning in the summer.  I had sent some of the apple butter, I had canned, back home.  She never made it to summer.

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This week, I have been obsessed with canning and preparing everything fresh. Not sure why it didn’t hit me before last night. I rarely can during the week.  Sometimes, I will process a batch of vegetable stock on a Monday.  I’ve made and canned apricot jam and vegetable stock this week.  Last night I cooked black beans and made a mayo-free coleslaw.

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I have purchased potatoes, jalapeno and serrano peppers and blueberries.  I will be making potato salad and some jelly and preserves before the weekend is out.  It’s almost a compulsion to get these things accomplished.   I now know it’s me keeping busy.  I know it’s how I’m coping.

Just long for the day I don’t have survivor’s guilt that I outlived my younger sister.  I long for the day where the sadness isn’t all consuming.  I know there’s no limit on grief.  I know it gets a little easier as time passes.  I know my life has been profoundly changed with her passing.

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As today is my sister’s angelversary, I’m attaching my team Relay for Life link.  Together we can end cancer.  Together we can stop cancer so there are no more angelversaries because of this horrible disease.

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Gonna Love You Through It Team

Published May 8, 2015 by lynn k scott

As you know, if you follow this blog, I am walking my second Relay For Life this year.  Originally, I was supposed to walk next month in June.  I didn’t feel the team I was on shared my perspective on how important this is.  As Fate would have it, I reconnected with a fellow Army mom (our kids are both 82nd Airborne) and we started our own team:

Team:  Gonna Love You Through It

We both agreed this was the name we liked best.  Some other options we considered were “Walk With Faith” and “Cancer Crushers”.  Both of us have lost three family members each to three different cancers; respectively.

When my sister was diagnosed, the Martina McBride song, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” unofficially became her song.  She was 37 years old with three children.  We had friends coming out of the woodwork to support our family.

While I’ve already raised $130 for my previous team, I’m starting over with this new team.  It’s ok because it’s for a great cause.  I created a Facebook page for our team.  The page will allow us to connect to our local community as well as the rest of the country or beyond.  We can keep the page going all year long and work to raise awareness and continue fundraising for subsequent Relays.

It was a very emotional decision to leave my previous Relay team and I wish them the best.  This new endeavor feels “right” and allows me to honor my sister, mother and father; all had cancer; two lost their cancer battles.   I was secretly ecstatic my friend liked the first team name best.  It’s just a sign that this was the right decision in my Relay quest.

I am excited to work with my friend again and watch our team grow.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Gonna Love You Through It Team, please click the link will direct you to our fundraising page through the American Cancer Society.

If you are so inclined, I’d ask you share this information, or at least our FaceBook page, to help promote our team and the Relay.  The American Cancer Society does some amazing work and the Relays are just one way they accomplish their many goals.

Thank you for your support!

Passed My Goal

Published March 28, 2015 by lynn k scott

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In just two and a half short months, I will be participating in my second Relay For Life walk.  Each participant tries to raise at least $100 in donations to help end cancer.

I have started a fundraiser, in collaboration with my tattoo artist.  I am purchasing a $75 gift certificate to his tattoo shop.  Just recently, the owner of the shop is matching my amount and now the prize is a $150 gift certificate.

Yesterday, I stopped by the shop to collect the ticket stubs and money for the raffle tickets that have been sold.  So far, my tattoo artist and I have raised $80.  I have about $45 still to collect from friends and I’m still going strong on my fundraising efforts.

This morning, I added the money we collected to my donation webpage.  Combined with a previous donation, I’ve surpassed by $100 fundraising goal.  I then edited my goal amount to $200 and I’m 65% of the way there.  I am honored and humbled to be a part of something so important.

I will continue my efforts and I am striving to quadruple my original $100 fundraising goal.

As always, if you would like to make a donation to the Relay for Life, please contact me here or at pinkherald@gmail.com and I will provide you with my fundraising link.  If you’d like to join the walk, please visit Relay For Life, to find a team in your area.

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