Here is a copy of the email that I've been sending out.
Dear Friends and Family,
This year, I am helping save lives from cancer by taking part in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and I’m hoping you will support me.
Most of you know how cancer has significantly affected my life, and many of you have been affected in similar ways. I know I will never be the same after losing my mother to a short, but difficult battle with cancer. I am blessed enough to know that is not the end, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to help spare others from that kind of pain, both the kind that my mother and my family have experienced. The battle with cancer is always a difficult one. I want to do what I can to help further research and develop a cure.
For those of you who are not familiar with The American Cancer Society Relay For Life, it is a life-changing event that gives people in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
In addition to helping people celebrate, remember, and fight back, Relay For Life also helps raise much-needed funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer and create more birthdays.
Please support me in my efforts by visiting my personal web page to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.
Every donation really does make a difference. I know that times are tighter than normal for many of us, but any amount you can give truly can help save lives.
You see, thanks to your support, the American Cancer Society can:
Help people stay well by helping them take steps to prevent cancer or detect it early, when it’s most treatable
Help people get well by being in their corner around the clock to guide them through every step of their cancer experience
Find cures by funding groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it
Fight back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight
Each of us has our own reasons for caring about the fight against cancer … whatever your reasons, I hope you’ll choose to make a difference by making a donation online to support my efforts. I’m so grateful to have great people like you in my life who want to see an end to cancer in our lifetime. Together we can save lives
Thank you, and I will keep you updated on my progress.
Please check out my personal page, and if you can, donate, even if it isn't much. If you choose to donate, I have luminary bags and I will write the name (and a personal message, if you'd like) on one for the relay.