MU junior Alisa Funk participated in Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She walked in the March 16 Relay event at MU with her mother, a cancer survivor.
When I was 16 my dad and then my mom were diagnosed with cancer. It was a very hard time for me, knowing that the strongest people in my life were in their weakest state. It was terrible, but we were lucky enough to beat it. This spring both my parents are 5 years cancer free.
Having my mom at the Relay for Life of Mizzou means the world to me. Not only do I get to celebrate still having my mother, everyone else at Relay honors her for being a survivor. Her birthday was also the same day as Relay. My mother deserves the world, and while it may seem simple, having the entire Relay sing happy birthday meant so much. After all, the American Cancer Society works for a world with more birthdays.
I was always involved with Relay for Life before my parents had cancer. It meant a lot to me to think I was helping others. Now from the other side, I know the research and services that helped my parents. I know the money we raise and the work we do really helps a lot of people. My parents are living proof of that, and I am so lucky to share my Relay experience with my mother.
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