cancer is a bitch.
helping to fight it is a bitch, too.

i’m so tired of cancer.

my mother died of cancer on my 32nd birthday.  she was only 51.
i had cancer (and am very lucky to have been able to successfully fight it).
friends have had cancer.  some have died.  some have not.
a good friend of mine lost her best friend to cancer this year.
an orlando icon of the dance arts, Kip Watson, just died from cancer this past week.  his memorial is today.

i volunteer for a local cancer patient advocacy group (Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach).
i volunteer for the local Komen Race committee.
not being a scientist, volunteering for groups like these is about the only way i can help in the fight against this insidious disease.

it’s the only way i know to honor the memory of my mother…the memory of friends gone…the memory of people i don’t know who have fought and lost or are still fighting.

on May 20, there will be a Relay for Life at Lake Eola in Orlando.
with the recent death of Kip on my mind, i really want to build a team for this relay.
i envision recruiting local dancers, like those who performed in the Works of PURE Love benefit for Kip, and those who were his students, and those who part of the classical dance community in Orlando.
i envision recruiting my sci-fi and fantasy and role play friends, many of whom have been touched by cancer in one way or another.
i envision recruiting people from work, many of whom have a history with the disease.
i envision recruiting friends from facebook, even, who come from a variety of walks of life…a good portion of whom have also dealt with cancer is some form or fashion.

with that vision in mind, a dear friend came up with the perfect name for the team:  Team IDIC.
for those not familiar with Star Trek, the IDIC literally stands for Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.
it is a perfect description of who i wish to share the relay journey with:  a very diverse group of friends, all with one goal in mind (to help, in some form or fashion, in the fight against cancer).

i hit a snag.
i started the process to register the team last night and stopped at where the registration process wanted $100 to register the team.

honestly, i just don’t have it.
i was expecting maybe a $25 fee (which i can handle), not $100.

so, now i wonder what to do.
the same friend who came up with Team IDIC is willing to donate $25 to help get the team going.
he is such a wonderful friend.

if i could get a little more help from a few more people, Team IDIC could become a reality.

so, i ask my friends this:  should i try to form this team?
if the answer is yes, then i need to ask for a little help.

i’m at .  please let me know if you can help.

~ by ritamerlot on April 15, 2011.

One Response to “Team IDIC”

  1. so, here’s the scoop, kinda, for now. i may have a way with doing this through work (WFTV/WRDQ). a meeting with some sort of sponsor/contact through the Relay for Life is being set up for Monday and i’ll know then whether that angle will work. if not, a couple of very generous wonderful friends have stepped up to help start the team. either way, there WILL be a team! i’ll let you know by the end of the day Monday how!

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