Monday, April 12, 2010


Some of you have asked where we got the name for our Relay for Life team
A sad story really
Both my girls work (well Lorraine doesnt any more) at the local Hospital Lorraine was a much loved nurse there for a number of years and for the past 3 or 4 years Lynda has been working there in Catering
Recently Lynda did a catering course and topped the state in her results (just a little brag)
Any way the hospital has an exceptionally high rate of staff members, past and present with Breast cancer
No one can explain why
Some of the girls came to the hospital with it as an excisting disease and others like Lorraine got it while working there
About five years ago Lorraines next door neighbour ,Who was the Director of Nursing and Lorraine and a few other staff members became involved with the Relay For Life event and the Hospital entered a team
Anne ,the DON came up with the name and they have kept it
Sadly Anne lost her battle about 2 years ago It hit Lorraine hard Anne was her friend ,her neighbour and her Boss at work
I became involved three years ago
Last year I made and raffled a quilt Made about $600. 00
The staff keep the team going for Anne and the others who have lost the fight and the ones like Lorraine who are currently battling the disease


Barb said...

Wow, that is amazing that so many would come down with cancer at one place....hang in there you two!!!!

Loralynn said...

It's nice to know that the staff has kept participating in the event and that they kept Anne's team name.

Sue-Anne said...

I think it is wonderful that you all keep the team going each year.

Jules said...

Great way to raise funds and awareness. We have fields of Hope, here in UK. They are areas planted with Daffodil bulbs and they look fantastic now, in Spring.
Eldest daughter working hard in research in this and other areas of oncology - had one breakthrough - drawing ever nearer the time when cancer is beaten............. xxx

Notjustnat said...

Thanks for your effort to keep it going. It will be nice if we are free of cancer - Hugs Nat

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing your story.
What a lovely way to remember your friends and to help others too.

Lindi said...

A beautiful legacy for those who have gone.

Doris Sturm said...

It's wonderful that everyone remembers Anne and keeps going in her behalf. The human spirit is quite resilient, even though the pain of death is devestating.

That's wonderful of you to stay involed to help the cause. I wish you and everyone who participates the best of success and God's speed for a cure.

Kind Regards,

Anonymous said...

Dear Illene, I have just read your is such a cruel disease.....fantastic effort with the raffling of your quilt...Relay for Life is a wonderful family supports the local functions every year....god bless Hugs lyn

Michele said...

i guess this means you're not just a quilting inspiration but an inspiration for doing good things for good causes as well. amazing.

by the way, thank you for visiting my new blog. my sister ariane posted it on hers (what a sweetie) and then i was surprised to have visitors already. what fun!

thanks again,


julietk said...

Having lost my Mum to cancer I support a british cancer charity, Well done with your Quilt raising such a great price. Thanks for you comment on my blog I was feeling a bit sorry for myself :-} getting it out of my system did help. Bye for now :-) Juliet

Diane said...

Beautiful, our daughter is a cancer survivor !! We have much to be thankful for.
Hugs, Diane