Why I Relay – Mike
Why I Relay
By: Mike Harland
I’ve put writing this off as long as I possibly can. Sometimes, I just want to forget the reasons that bring me to walk. It’s painful and distracting myself from the focus of the all-to-real reasons is sometimes my best fight.
I remind myself, though, that those same reasons are what needs to drive all of us to continue to come together to raise money, to raise awareness, and work towards a day that we can win over the disease that has taken so many moms, dads, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers and friends.
The first reason I Relay will always be my toughest. I lost my mother far too many years ago and she was just too young to be taken from us.
We weren’t ready.
We needed her.
And her loss left a hole that is hard to cover up.
So I Relay for them…
But more importantly, I look at all of that data and start to assume that myself, my children, my nieces and nephew are all at great risk for developing some form of this disease.
I Relay for you.
I Relay for the cure.
I Relay in the hope that nobody has to deal with what so many of us have dealt with. It’s not fair, it’s painful, and hopefully we can all continue to work together to win this war.