I recently returned from the Relay for Life event held in Billings. I was unsure of what to expect but found my way to the gym for survivors' registration. Holy cow! The place was packed with tables of people just finishing eating. I will get there in time for the reception next year.

I met my niece Johanna there who is a breast cancer survivor. They gave us each a rose, and we made our way to the track for the survivors' lap. As we entered the track behind the honor guard, the crowd started to cheer and clap, which lasted clear around the track. An amazing feeling.

We were both overwhelmed. It was just a magical, awesome, inspiring night. The entertainment was superb and all the booths were great.

Many, many thanks to the people involved in this. I can only imagine the many hundreds of hours involved in an event like this. You are to be congratulated, and your efforts are so appreciated. I carried my rose around the entire evening. The aura of the whole night was truly magnificent. You deserve a huge pat on the back, and I hope you have the feeling that what you're doing is so worthwhile.

We appreciate it. Thanks again. It'll definitely be an annual event for me!

Rodney Thompson


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