I've been photographing these events for three years now. The passion that the volunteers and staff put into them moves me continuously. The mission behind their passion fuels them, and me as well.
While each Relay event is different, the reasons stay the same. To fight back against cancer, to celebrate those who've survived and to remember those who have passed.
This year I was asked to also photograph The Gates Chili High School Relay for Life event. It's a few weeks before the Fairport one and early in our wedding season, so I was happy to help.
The major thing I noticed about this Relay was how many children were there wearing the purple survivor t-shirts. My heart breaks for those children, for those families and the struggles they probably continue to endure because of cancer.
And so I'm putting out my annual plea to you today, please support my Relay team this year. No amount is too small - even $5 helps a child receive treatment, or research be completed. Because if they're still fighting, so am I.
To donate: Relay for Life 2017
In continued hope for a world without cancer,