Walking will honor deceased family members

Tamara Myers, guest columnist

The Clovis News Journal is running columns written by Relay For Life participants this week in preparation for this weekend’s event.

I started doing the Relay For Life in 2001. Over the years, my family and I have lost many wonderful and amazing family members.
I heard about the Relay from a friend who had lost her mother, and decided that I wanted in some small way to help as well. I started recruiting people from where I worked to join with me and for the last four years I have been a team captain.
This year I was asked to be part of the committee so I finally gave in, making me a team captain and a committee member. The RelayFor Life is a cause that is near and dear to my heart because of all the incredible people I have lost. I have lost both of my grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, my husband’s father and grandfather to cancer.
I guess this is my small way of trying to repay all that they have given me.
Each one of them in their own way was so very special and meant so much to me. I learned so many things from them that I will pass on.
To me, walking out there for them is like having them here with me again. During the luminaria ceremony it’s like they are smiling down on me.
It is just so beautiful and so powerful, but it is also a feeling of peace. I know they are at peace and that makes me feel at peace. I guess that is the main reason I relay.
I am honored to be walking for these incredible members of my family who have gone on to a better place without pain.
This is in memory of Annetta Radon-Williams, Minnie Lee Snipes, Edward Bullock, Kathleen Brown, Ruth Jenkins, Terry Brown Jr., Harold A. Myers and Robert Myers.
God Bless them and God Bless all of you who Relay.