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Aria McElhenny writes-
Hi Joey, Frankie and Ryan,
As the weather starts to get chilly, here at Next Step we all start thinking about one thing: bikini & speedo dodgeball.
Thought you guys and the 2012 tournament participants might like a reminder of how their hard work raising funds at the tourney had an amazing impact on teens with cancer. The video below is from our summer youth conference for teen cancer survivors. These youth spent four days together learning how to manage their disease, laughing, riding a zip line and sharing their stories. The music in the video is an original song written by the youth and recorded at the conference.
Way to go dodge-ballers, you changed a lot of lives this year.
Thanks again from all of us at Next Step,
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The Next Step Fund
For Young People With Cancer and Blood Disease
For those new to GMG here is a recap of the Tourney from Craig Kimberley-
Last night I stopped down for the Luminaria ceremony of the Relay for Life at Gloucester High School in the Newell Stadium. On one hand, I wanted to be there in memory of friend and family members who have died from cancer (including my maternal grandmother and a high school classmate). On the other, I knew it would be a great opportunity for some inspirational photography…
Here’s an explanation from the Relay for Life website (with my photos from yesterday):
“Simple white luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each one is personalized with the name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Each luminaria candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers and so much more!
As the sun sets at a Relay For Life event, luminaria lining the track illuminate the night and a hush falls over the event that had been filled with the sounds of celebration. Relay For Life participants, survivors and caregivers then gather together for the Luminaria Ceremony to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those who have battled the disease.
As participants walk the track lined with luminara bags in reflection, a caregiver who has lost a loved one may find comfort from a fellow caregiver who has faced a similar loss. Meanwhile, a survivor gains hope and strength from others who have followed the same journey and survived. All resolve to keep fighting to save more lives so no more luminaria bear the names of those lost to the disease.”
I don’t know the details of how the relay works, but there are clearly different teams who are camping out. They set up campsites with different themes and decorations. Here are a couple:
-Fr. Matthew Green
Jalapenos Night to Benefit the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk – 60 Miles for a Cure!
Wednesday, May 16 (5:00 pm to close)
Live Music by ColdStream (4 piece acoustical group) from 6:30-9pm
Jalapenos will donate 10% of night’s sales to Liz Dooley’s Breast Cancer 3 Day walk this July.
Raffles include Red Sox/White Sox tix, GLOSTA package (Lat 43, George’s Coffee Shop, Captain Bill’s Whale Watch tix, etc.), Artistic Offerings, Wine/Restaurant package and more!
Please join us for live music, great food, cold Margaritas and support a great cause while we have a fun night.
Proud 4 time Veteran Walker – SGK Breast Cancer 3 Day – 60 miles for a CURE!
Liz Dooley is a neighbor in Annisquam and a dedicated fundraiser for a cure. Make a date to go to Jalepenos on May 16 and help her reach her goal.
Gloucester resident Aria McElhenny talks about Julia Roberts, Paul Newman and how Gloucester businesses are stepping up to help kids with cancer and HIV
If you would like more info- www.nextstepnet.org
or if you would like to contact Aria directly to find out how you can help- firstname.lastname@example.org