This is a sports blog. And unfortunately, the opponent on the field, court, or course isn't the only obstacle athletes face anymore. CANCER is a major player in the world of athletics. Lance Armstrong. Mark Herzlich. Phil Mickelson. I could fill up this entire post with sports stars who have been impacted by battles with cancer.
So this Friday night, April 30th, I'm taking to McGregor High School's Bulldog Stadium track for Josh. And for my Klein High School track coach Mike Konicki. And for Stacey Hughes. And for Les Tomlinson. And for Richard Holcombe. And for so many other people who have battled cancer.
For the third straight year, I have accepted an invitation to serve as a Co-Emcee the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life® in McGregor. Emily Iazzetti will once again lead the ceremonies with me. Relay For Life® brings more than 3.5 million people from across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Each of us has our own reasons for caring about the fight against cancer; and whatever your reasons, you have a chance to make a difference.
Follow this link for more information on Friday's Relay For Life® in McGregor. It starts at 7pm and will last until 7am on Saturday morning. Cancer never sleeps! If you come out to Bulldog Stadium on Friday, there are multiple ways you can contribute to the fight against cancer:
**There will be a silent auction, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the American Cancer Society.
**A wide variety of concessions, ranging from BBQ to turkey legs to pies to peanuts will be sold, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the American Cancer Society.
**Many of the 24 teams participating in the Relay will be holding fundraisers of their own, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the American Cancer Society.
Fighting cancer is a TEAM effort. So that's why on Friday night, Emily and I will join forces with News 10's Tom Interliggi, Lauren Westbrook, Megan Snipes, Ashley Lowell, Bernadette Flores, and "friends of News 10" Matt Iazzetti, Jonathan Doussard, and Stephanie Seiffert to form our 10 and Friends Relay team. At least one member of our 10 and Friends team will be on the track at all times, and we would LOVE to see you in the lane next to us!
Central Texas showed it's passion for the fight against cancer last Saturday by turning out in droves for the 2010 Central Texas Komen Race for the Cure, an event sponsored by KWTX. Don't slow down now! Race on. We'll save some room on the track for you Friday night in McGregor.