Relay for Life in Westchase 2015

Relay for Life in Westchase 2015

A week ago I volunteered to photograph Relay for Life at Alonso High School in Westchase in Tampa. I was excited to finally be part of this event, which has been on my mind for the past few years. I lost my grandfather to cancer and saw him take his last breath… it was one of the most painful moments I remember, and even though it happened over 20 years ago, I still shed a tear when I recall this moment. 

Relay for Life is a night-long event and it’s filled with continuous walks around the track, variety of activities, games, music, but most of all the Luminaria Ceremony.  As night descends, the Luminaria Ceremony begins.  All the lights are dimmed surrounded by deep silence.  We all pause to honor and to remember those who have bravely taught the battle against cancer, to support the battle against cancer, and to support those currently fighting their fight…
The torch is lit & passed onto the survivors to carry in the quiet walk.  The silence and sobbing was so heartbreaking in the peach black darkness of the night.  The only light comes from the torch and a long line of Luminarias lit in support of survivors and those who's battle has ended... in memory of the friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members who are no longer with us.  

* If you were part of this event and would like to view a full gallery of pictures, please, email me ([email protected]), I would love to share them with you! 

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Picture of survivors and caregivers
Mother and her children at the Relay for Life event
Touching moment sharing love and support
The opening ceremony of Relay for Life 2015 in Westchase
National anthem at the opening ceremony
Listening to the opening speak of Relay for Life
A couple listening to the speech at the ceremony
Opening first lap at the Relay for Life
Alonso High School orchestra in Westchase
A girl playing the flute
Alonso High School orchestra members at the opening ceremony Relay for Life
A boy playing the trumpet
Drum players at the Alonso High School
Survivors walking at the opening lap Relay for Life
Caregivers walking in honor of cancer victims
Blackout cancer team in Westchase
A picture of Sole Sisters team
Relay for Life in Westchase caregivers
Pink Panther team
Relay for Life attendees walking in honor and memory of cancer victims
A picures of Tune Our Cancer team in Tampa
A group of women supporting the fight with cancer
Crazy for a Cure team
A group of high school girls at the Westchase event
Young boy walking along his mother
A picture of a group of girls
Thumbs up to support the fight with cancer
Mother and daughter picture at the Relay for Life
Music band at the Relay for Life Westchase 2015
Concert at the Relay event
Walking laps at the Relay for Life
Walking in support of cancer survivors and memory of those who lost a battle
Survivors of cancer
Before the Luminaria ceremony
A girl participaring in the Luminaria ceremony in Westchase
A mother and her children walking laps at the Relay for Life
Luminaria in Tampa 2015
Remembering those who lost a battle with cancer
Cancer survivors carrying the torch at the Luminaria ceremony
Luminaria ceremony at Relay for Life in Westchase 2015
Two boys carrying a torch
Hope and cure lit with luminarias