Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Wife, Mari Chris... A Winner In More Ways Than One

There was a lot of excitement around the Faules camp this weekend. Besides the debut of our new movie at the Monterey Historic's, my beautiful wife Mari Chris accompanied with our daughter Charmagne and grandson Tyler, were attending a very special event in the battle against cancer as the American Cancer Society Celebrated the Relay For Life in Palo Alto. Our daughter Charmagne was instrumental in helping organize several of the fund raising functions along with friends and fellow employees from Man Power and camped out overnight in a tent with our grandson Tyler.

This was a very special 24 hours for more reason than one... You see Mari Chris is a cancer survivor too. I am happy to report it has been 5 years now that Mari Chris has been cancer free and as a family we are deeply moved that God has blessed us with such a wonderful blessing and miracle.

Mari Chris and her medal of Hope

Mari Chris receiving a special bouquet from Tyler

This was a 24-hour “celebration of life” that brought numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back. Teams gathered at Palo Alto High School for an overnight relay against cancer from 10am on August 15 until 10am on August 16.

As the American Cancer Society Relay For Life marks 25 years of bringing hope to communities nationwide, volunteers from all over the world have an opportunity to celebrate the progress they have made in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life including survivors, patients and their families, and medical support staff as well as corporations, civic organizations, places of worship and community groups to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference.

Relay For Life opened as cancer survivors walk or wheelchair the first lap. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area at these events. As many made new friends and spent time with old ones, the Relay heated up and the camp-out began. The atmosphere of camaraderie was created with team members entertaining each other all while eating, playing games and of course walking for a great cause.

The evening culminates with the Luminaria Ceremony, held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The luminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

Relay For Life is as much an awareness-raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund raiser. Many of the participants are people who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in reducing cancer death rates and in the quality of life following cancer treatment. The money raised by teams and sponsors from the Palo Alto community goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs and services.”

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