Camping out for Cancer

There were enough marshmallows for all.  The bear, raccoon, and human camper each roasted marshmallows over an open fire. At the Henrietta, NY Relay for Life, many groups settled in and pitched their tents for the overnight walk. Kelly Cheatle, Karyn Dolan and I did the same.  Of course, as you can imagine, the tent we pitched was a bit different than most. The weather started out just fine for an outdoor event, but it didn't take too long to turn. Throughout the evening, kids could be seen crawling into our tent.  I'm not sure most of them realized it wasn't providing any shelter. They just enjoyed getting inside and examining our campsite from a different perspective.

I haven't heard the numbers yet, so I don't know how much was raised for the American Cancer Society last night. All I know is that people were more than happy to spend money on the things all around, knowing it was going to a good cause. We had a box set up for donations by those posing for pictures inside our display.  I wish I could have stayed through the night to see how much was collected.  I'm sure I'll find out soon.

We took the opportunity to talk up Balloon Manor some more. It was a good opportunity to remind people that there's another large community event benefiting cancer patients in October, IF we can solve our current funding problem.