Relay for Life

  1. Hi all,
    I survived the 8 hour workday almost right into the 18-hour American Cancer Society's Relay for Life--without sleeping.

    My feet are killing me, my calves are red, and my knee started swelling after about 2 laps but I know that the research that saved my daughter's life will continue, and we helped, and bonus! we got 2nd place for Team Spirit.

    I'm sure a lot of you participated in the Relay before, :kiss and I'd like to ask you what tips you might pass along to make next year's experience more successful. This was not only my first Relay, but the first for our community.

    On my to-do list so far:
    better shoes
    bring a tent
    get more team members

    Here's the web address:
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on May 19, '02
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  3. by   RN-PA
    Congratulations, Sleepyeyes!

    I'm participating in my first Relay for Life on June 1. Our Med/Surg floor has 3 teams with 10-15 on each team. The teams are named for one of our nurse managers who has been battling metastatic breast cancer for a few years. I'm really looking forward to the Survivors Walk and to the luminaria ceremony at dusk. I bought 4 luminaries to honor friends and family who are survivors and one in memory of a close friend who died of ovarian cancer in '95 while she was going to nursing school to be a NP.

    I'd appreciate any helpful hints about the Relay, too!
  4. by   MPHkatie
    Whoo-hoooo! so awesome to see nurses involved in relay for life.
    I've got a chemo angel patient --5 yrs old who will be leading the Survivors lap in her local Relay for Life in June!!!! I'm soooo proud of her and she is wild with excitement about the leader!!!!!
    Anyone interested in in the Chemoangel program go to great support for patients with cancer, and it has been a totally wonderful experience for myself as well.

    Only one idea for a tip- try to get your hospital or some business (bank, real estate) to commit to matching donations raised by your team up to a certian amount (whatever they are willing). Thanks so much for caring and sharing outside of work.
  5. by   petiteflower
    We did a Spaghetti supper fundraiser this year (we walk on June 7)--we had all of the supplies donated, even the cafeteria (we used the middle school cafeteria) and then all of the team members made cakes for dessert. It was the first time we have done that--in the past we have had bake sales and carwashes.

    We also are going to barbeque at our campsite.
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    Hint: a couple of folks came to our campsite and asked to buy hamburgers. We also had a 50/50 raffle at the campsite.
  7. by   petiteflower
    What's a 50/50 raffle?
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    People buy raffle tickets for $1 and whoever wins the raffle gets 50% of the raffle ticket money. The other 50% goes to the charity.
    Example: sell 100 tickets = $100. $50 goes to the winner, and $50 to the Relay. Good return for hardly any effort.
  9. by   aimeee
    Our relay will be at the end of June. One of the things we do for fundraising is theme luncheons at the office. Italian day, bar-b-que day, deli day, etc. Most contribute something to the luncheon according to the theme (we post a signup to avoid duplication) but then everyone who eats throws $3.00 in the donation jar too.

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