Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Relay for Life event at Oceola High School
Once the sun has set, the serious part of the evening takes place with everyone placing memorial candles on the track. They use white paper bags that have been decorated in the memory of someone lost to cancer and they place a votive candle inside. All the lights are shut down and the candles are lit. I watched a young girl collapsed and sobbing about 20 feet from my sister's area be consoled by friends. My sister will be the first to tell you that I can be a cynical guy at times but I was moved by the experience. It wasn't the grief that I witnessed that affected me as much as the joy and pride I felt at seeing so many people come together in fellowship and good intentions. It felt good to be among them.