What’s your reason to Relay?

By Pamela Brownstein With the giant outdoor lights turned off, the luminaries lining the track at Beaufort Middle School began to softly glow. The white bags — filled with sand and a candle and decorated with the names of family and friends — were also placed among the bleachers to spell the words “HOPE” and “LOVE.” A young woman took to the stage and sang Sarah McLaughlin’s hauntingly beautiful song, “Angel.” My small team had all briefly dispersed, leaving me alone under our tent to witness this touching scene at last year’s Relay For Life, a nationwide event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. I sat on a cooler and cried my eyes out. That song, “Angel,” played at my mother’s funeral just six months before, and in that moment, in the dark, I missed her so badly. When one friend returned, she gave me a big hug and we cried together. For whatever reason, the only thing I could manage to say was, “I just wish my... ...

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