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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 12:15am
Today was my first ever Relay for Life. Two years ago my Dad and his older brother were diagnosed with cancer. Dad with kidney cancer, Uncle Jim with bladder. Last year Jim went into hospice and Dad found out he had lung cancer. Two weeks ago my Uncle Jim died. Dad began his hospice two months ago. I had decided to do Relay this year in honor of these two men. Now, it is honor and memory. Dad and Jim decided to forgo treatments at the end because they wanted quality of life, not quantity. They wanted to leave on their own terms. For that I respect them both. So now I will honor them and so many others: my aunt Stephanie, my grandmother Anna, and more. No one fights alone and I chose to fight with the greatest group of students in the world: the Virginia Tech Hokies.