I am writing this letter to tell the community just how proud I am to be a part of such a great town. On Aug. 17, Waconia hosted the 3rd annual Relay For Life in which the businesses and patrons came out in full force to support finding a cure for cancer.
This Relay has become one of the most productive Relays in the Midwest. Thanks in part to DJ Teeselink for all her hours of dedication to this cause. DJ dedicates a large portion of her time to helping promote the Relay and organizing it. She has gone above the “call of duty” to make this such a successful event. I would personally like to thank DJ for having the confidence in me and for all the great resources she has provided me these past years for the Relay. Not only am I grateful for having DJ, but Waconia and the American Cancer Society should be so proud of her for what she has accomplished.
I would also like to thank the Steering Committee members. Starting with whoever thought I would make a great representative for honoring all cancer survivors.
You have taken me out of my comfort zone to stand up in the public eye and share such a personal story. You have personally made me a better person in doing this adventure and was extremely honored to be this year’s Honorary Cancer Survivor.
To all of the committee members, you work extremely hard volunteering your time to make this event spectacular. Every single one of you goes out of your way to make every participant feel important. Thank you for all that you do behind the scenes to make this an unforgettable event to both participants and the public.
To all the participants, thank you for helping raise funds and promoting such a great event. Without all of you, this would not be such a grand event for the Midwest.
By participating you’re energy and time will most certainly make a difference in the fight against cancer. This Relay is all about people coming together to raise money to fund finding a cure for cancer. Without the money to fund research the progress for finding a cure would be slow. So, please don’t forget to thank everyone that donated to the Relay. These donors also help make this night such a huge success.
To my family and friends that came out to support me that evening I am truly thankful for all of you.
Whether I tell you or not, just know that I admire and love each and every one of you. For those of you who sent texts, emails, or phone calls that night thank you for the confidence and support.
I would also like to send a special thanks to Anna Keaveny. Every year you put up with my wild ideas on how to raise money, my persistence on getting tasks done as a captain, and my lack of patience.
You are truly a “saint” and I could not ask to have a better co-captain or mother-in-law. I love that we can share this experience with each other every year.
Thank you from the bottom of the heart to all the participants, donors, volunteers, and community for embracing this great event. It’s amazing how the community comes together to support and honor those who are fighting, survived, or have lost their battle with cancer. For this one night every year the community joins and fights together to battle cancer. We will conquer cancer!
I am proud to say that I am a survivor of cancer and I call Waconia my home. Hope to see you next year!