Relay for Life in TinyTown has come and gone for another year, and was the first one without Mum as our "tentertainment" for the day. It was hard to see her name on the track "in memory of", but I'm once again so proud of the amount of money this little town can raise to fight cancer.

In particular, I'm exceedingly proud of the over $2,000 I raised individually, thanks to so many friends and family. My thanks to ALL of you. :-)

One of the coolest things I got to do this year was be a participant, and a tent volunteer, for our Cancer Prevention Study #3, a study being conducted at only 167 sites around the country. We signed up over 100 participants, and hopefully the data collected will help us eradicate cancer someday...

In fact, my sister and I were the subject of an article in our tri-state's major newspaper about the study (even if they did put an extra "r" in my first name!). You can read it right here:

"Sisters Who Lost Mother Sign Up for Cancer Study"

My other exciting news is that I was announced at Relay as the Co-Chair of the event event for the next two years. I'm excited (and yes, a little nervous!) about this amazing opportunity. I think Mum would be proud. :-)

Survivors take to the track...


Me working as a CPS3 volunteer...

CPS-3 Tent

Family portrait...

Family Smiles

Miss you, Mummy...

Mum's Luminarias...

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Miss you, Mummy.

Happy, Happy

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It's getting to be that time of year again...time for another TinyTown Relay for Life, to be held June 6-7.

This will be my first Relay without Mum, and though I'll ache for her all day, I know that the walking we do, the money we raise, is so important to giving other people a chance against this dread disease. As always, I'm accepting donations...just click on Zoe there, and it will take you to my donation page.

Even if you aren't able to donate in these tough economic times, just send positive thoughts our way. They go a long way too. :-)

April 4

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I think this past weekend was what we all needed.

Dad, Michelle, Don and I, along with my godparents and their kids came down for a weekend of bonfires, food, tears, stories, hugs and laughs to celebrate my mum's amazing life and legacy.

An appropriate weekend, as today would have marked my parents 43rd wedding anniversary.

Though we cried and hugged, we also laughed and ate, stoked fires and teased each other, snorted inappropriately and roasted marshmallows, truly embracing our family - unconventional and geographically far at times, but able to get together for two days of shared smiles.

We miss you, Mum, so much it aches, but it was so good to remember you and your beautiful smile with all of us together.

Part of the "outdoor gallery" of favorite pictures of Mum...

Smiling Times

Hanging out by the fire...


Mesmerizing blaze...

October 18

Hugs and tears...

No Blacha!

Pink flowers for our pink lady...

Pretty in Pink...

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I have been unable, until now, to make this post.

And even now, it's hard beyond words to write.

The most courageous woman I have ever known died peacefully, with her family by her side, on September 3rd.

My beautiful, charming, exuberant, fighting spirit, full of laughter, bad ass cook, Project Runway-lovin', English accent talking, amazingly inspiring mother finally lost her battle to breast cancer.

Words will never express how much I miss her, the ache in my heart that will never be fixed, the tears that I shed at the smallest thought of her smile, her voice, her laughter.

In ten years, she never stopped fighting, inspiring others, or living full of joy.

I miss you, Mummy.

Candles lit in her memory...

(We have asked for donations in her memory to be made to the American Cancer Society, and I urge all women to do a self check exam, to get a mammogram, to watch for early warning signs. It may save your life...)

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