Let me just start this off by saying that Relay for Life is one of my favorite events at Augustana! There are so many people that come together for such a great cause and it’s a great place to see Greek group unity!
Last year at Relay I walked somewhere around 13 miles, mostly in an effort to stay awake after a long night, but also because I just like to walk. This year, just a few short months before Relay, my Uncle Phil was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Due to that, I decided that I was going to dedicate my Relay this year to him, and everyone else in my life who has been touched by cancer. I set my fundraising goal at $500 and made a promise to myself that I was going to walk 15 miles.
A lot of people doubted me, whether they thought I wasn’t going to raise the money or that I wouldn’t walk 15 miles; on Friday night I proved them wrong! I walked 15 miles (the first 9 miles barefoot until I got terrible turf burn on my feet), did some pretty intense Zumba for half an hour, and reached my goal of $500. Oh and did I mention that I did all that walking and Zumba-ing in less than 8 hours while also taking breaks to eat, stay hydrated and donate to other groups fundraisers? No? Well I did and it felt great. Needless to say, I had a great time at Relay 2014!
Now, don’t get me wrong, walking 9 miles barefoot and then an additional 6 miles on the Pepsico track was not easy. I definitely was limping by the end, and all day Saturday… But it felt great to know that I contributed to something bigger than myself and to know that I was able to make a difference in someone’s life.
Posted on April 27th, 2014 by Victoria Cartland
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