#AtoZChallenge: R is for…



is for Relay. It’s also for Ride.

Relay for Life was always one of DW’s Dad’s favorites.  He always attended, always ate at the survivors’ supper, always walked his survivors’ lap. Family would come from a hundred miles away to take part in it with him. Some of them are cancer survivors themselves. So many in DW’s family walk that survivor lap in their yellow shirt on the day Relay for Life takes place. Her dad survived lung cancer. Her step-mom survived colon cancer.  I’m learning, there are some within my side of the family who could have walked that lap, too.

The day after the event he would put on a big shindig (party) and BBQ for everyone. People would come by the dozens.

Our town stopped holding the event so he missed out on it the past two years.

This year, he wanted to join the even in another town and it was going to be his last Relay. His last big support for the cancer research fundraiser since this would be his 10th year cancer free. DW had just finished setting up her own fundraiser page. Then she got a phone call…

This year, our Relay will be in memory of him. DW has raised $1,075 of her goal of $2,000. Please, if you can, click on the link above and donate. Whether you can give $5 or $5,000, every little bit counts.


is also for Ride for Roswell.

For eight years my younger brother has been participating in this bike ride fundraiser ranging from 14 to 44 miles. Our dad and his father-in-law take part, as well. Roswell Park Cancer Institute is located in Buffalo, NY, home of Niagara Falls and my sister-in-law. It is known for its cutting edge research on cancers.  This year, he rides for all who have been effected by cancer. Thus far, he has raised $704 of his goal of $1,000. Please, if you can, visit his page and donate here. There’s no telling how many lives you may change.


Brother on the left, Dad on the right, Brother’s F-I-L in the middle

I guess, ultimately, R is for relatives relaying and riding for research.

Two Charities


I mentioned it before in one of my Sunday Shares, but I’m going to mention it again.

A friend of mine had just finished running 26.2 miles in Boston in 2013. He was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when the bombs went off.

He was invited back to run in 2014. There, he became connected with a charity called 50 Legs.


The purpose of 50 Legs is to provide amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics that they could not otherwise afford and help them live a happier and healthier life.

This morning he was interviewed on a radio station discussing that terrible day and what he’s doing now to contribute.

Have a listen.

If you feel so inspired that you’d like to give, you can visit Jody’s donation page here.


I’ve written of this second charity as well, but feel it deserves a mention, too. It’s my brother’s Ride for Roswell.

Roswell Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo, NY, provides care to patients and ongoing developments in better ways to battle cancers.

Funds raised through The Ride For Roswell support the cutting-edge research and patient care programs that benefit the 31,000 patients who turn to Roswell Park for hope.  Donations are further used to improve the patient and family experience, support new clinical treatments and procedures and educate the next generation of cancer scientists and clinicians.

This is the 7th year my brother has participated in this even. This year he rides in honor of Melina Selent. When she was just 10 months old she developed retinoblastoma, an eye cancer. Fortunately, it was just in one eye. Unfortunately, her eye had to be removed. That was in 1996. This summer she is scheduled to graduate with a BS in Biology.

My father is riding for the 7th consecutive year, as well. He rides in memory of my grandfather (my mom’s dad) and for a college friend of his.

Both have goals of reaching $1,000.


One is my brother. One is our dad. One is my brother’s in-law. 

If would like to donate to my brother, visit his donation page here.
If you would like to donate to my father, visit his donation page here.

Sunday Share 20

My FitBit is lying to me. It’s telling me today was a lazy day. It’s saying I’m just under 6,000 steps at 9 pm. I know I did more than that!

  • I made chocolate chip banana pancakes for breakfast
  • I washed sheets from three beds
  • I washed comforters from three beds
  • I made three bed after everything was dry
  • I made two YouTube videos – one for Crash and one for Bang (don’t forget to supervise  subscribe)
  • I swept the kitchen floor
  • I took all the toys that were drug upstairs back to the basement
  • I went grocery shopping
  • I put those groceries away
  • I made pork tenderloin, smashed potatoes, carrots, and corn for supper
  • I helped two kids get ready for bed
  • I played Lego

Stupid thing. I felt busy, but according to FitBit I wasn’t. Ever had one of those day?

Now this I can relate to. Kids in grocery stores can be a nightmare.

And now and then an elephant all white.
The beautiful sound of children sleeping. Almost poetic.

Dramatic Momologue
For those times when you have galena and know exactly how to use it in your kindergartner’s planet project.

Coach Daddy
#GirlsRock – This girl is going places

A Momma’s View
What a true friend means

Who’s My Favorite Today?
I have to share this one…. because poop!

Bradley Wood
Help my brother reach $1,000 donated to The Roswell Cancer Institute. This year he rides in honor of Melina Selent who, at the age of 10 months, had retinoblastoma, an eye cancer.

Jody Mattie
A friend of mine, a running buddy, had just finished running 26.2 miles in Boston in 2013. He was sitting in the medical tent recovering when the bombs exploded. Because of his location at the time, he saw most of the victims prior to triage and being taken to hospital. Please visit his page and, if you can, help him reach his goal of $5,000 to 50 Legs, an organization working to empower those without.

The Roswell Ride

Imagine your little one, not even a year old yet, diagnosed with cancer. Retinoblastoma to be precise, a cancer of the eye. The only cure is remove the eye.

That is only the beginning of Melina’s story. Melina is who my brother rides in honor of this year.

Ride for Roswell is a bike ride ranging from 3 miles to 100. My br4rrother, his father-in-law, and our dad will be riding 44 for the seventh straight year. Part of their route will take them into Canada. For a few minutes we’ll be in the same country at the same time. However, more importantly, their ride is part of a fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

My brother’s goal is to raise $1,000 for this cause. The money raised will be used in researching the sciences in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Like shrinking lung cancer tumors with Vitamin D. Or researching a vaccine for glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.  Or toward enhancing the treatments and therapies already in practice. Science in its purest form.

Cancer has touched us all in some way, shape or form. Perhaps you are a survivor. You know a survivor. You know someone fighting the battle right now. Or perhaps, sadly, you lost someone to cancer. We all understand the support that is required to beat it. Lets work together to kick cancer’s ass.

Please visit my brother’s page – Bradley Wood’s Fundraising Page. There you can read the rest of Melina’s story. Also, if you can spare a few dollars, help him reach his goal. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

There is also a link in my sidebar to the right that will remain there until the ride in June. Help me help him spread the word and share any way you please.

My brother and Melina thank you.


Brad (my brother) Bob (the father-in-law) Michael (our Dad)