Relay for Life

When I was in high school, one of my mom's friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was a lady I'd met many times who made a mean casserole, whose kids I had babysat for, and whose husband was the "cool dad" who could do anything. Seeing the family struggle to tell two young children and also deal with treatments on their own was one of the toughest things I've had to witness. Later, some of the ladies in the neighborhood, including my mom, set up a food service for her family because the chemo had made her so weak. This was my first and closest experience with cancer. Every day I thank whatever fortune I had to not have any direct family affected by cancer.

The year after that, a friend introduced me to Relay For Life. Relay is an all-night walk-a-thon based on the idea that "Cancer never sleeps." Before the event, teams raise money for cancer research and support, and during the event they participate in all sorts of fun events, walking around the track, and in the luminaria ceremony, which honors and remembers those fighting and lost.

One of my favorite blogs is Hannah Grage, by Carrie, the mommy of a lovely little girl, Hannah, who has leukemia. I've been doing Relay for six years, and every year, I try to keep a couple special person in mind when I think about why I'm raising money, and this year, I want Hannah to be a one of them. I don't like to make a big deal out it (hell, I don't even usually tell anyone), but it's nice to have a face in mind; a smile you want to see when someone learns that they've defeated the disease. Plus, she's a total cutie.

Sorry this is so long, but our Relay is in 2 months, and I'm so excited! I'm on the committee in charge of doing the Luminaria ceremony, which is one of the most powerful parts. It's going to be SO MUCH FUN! If you're interested, check out the American Cancer Society website.

Also, for more on why I relay {or to donate (which would rock my socks!)} visit,


  1. What a great cause, Mugdha - thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh my gosh!!! I am so sorry I missed this post. This was during my full on depression and mad research for a new treatment plan for Hannah. You are so amazing, with all the things you do. Thank you so much for caring about my little girl. We both love your blog. She really loves the outfits pictures.


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