We all have busy schedules and so many things to tackle all at once, but what if you gave up an hour a month to do something for someone else. Maybe you already do this, or maybe you’ve been thinking about doing something like this, but if you had those two hours to share, what would you do with them?
At face value, donating two hours of your time to attend a meeting for an upcoming event or listening to a speaker discuss activities and fundraising ideas might seem like a waste of your time, and the last thing you want to do after a long work day, but what if you sat there and just listened? What if you made that effort to attend a meeting once a month and learn about what people in your own community are doing to give back?
This is a decision that’s not always easy for me to make. Honestly, I’m possessive of my time outside of work, and hate to feel like every minute of my day is planned for me. But really, what am I giving up if I designate an hour a month to attend a meeting. Maybe I won’t get to watch those Keeping Up With The Kardashian reruns or I won’t get to browse pinterest for an hour in bed, but what I’m gaining far outweighs what I’m giving up. That is why I Relay.
For the past three years, I have been involved with Relay For Life in some capacity, whether it’s job related or volunteering. Nearly everyone I know has been touched by cancer in some way. For me, it’s something I’m reminded of nearly every day. I’ve lost two close family members, and have one currently battling the disease. For my family, it’s just another part of our story. We support, love and care for each other through the good times and bad. We are a family, no matter the situation. But I know, not everyone is blessed with the same unwavering support system. That is why I Relay.
When I started participating in Relay For Life, it was a way to give back. I had lost a cousin to the disease and it was a way to remember him. But as the disease touched more and more people I knew and cared about, it became a way to help others. No one should have to hear the words “you have cancer”. You should never have to find our someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer over Facebook. No child should have to worry about their parent, sibling, friend, or family member having to deal with cancer and the fear this diagnosis can create. That is why I Relay.
Being a part of this amazing event has introduced me to some of the most inspiring and brave people I’ve ever known. I’ve gotten the opportunity to learn people’s stories, share in their triumphs and lift them up during their struggles. In the event I am a part of alone, we have raised close to $700,000 in ten years. The amount of hope, help, and love that can be shared with people going through the struggles of this disease with the help of that money is amazing. That is why I Relay.
It doesn’t matter how you fight back or what you donate your time to, but consider how you could make a difference. Whether your life has been touched by cancer, heart disease, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, or any other type of cause, consider how you can make a difference. How could one hour a month affect someone else in a positive way? How can you Relay?