Team Brittany.

This face is one of the thousands of reasons we RELAY.
This face is one of the thousands of reasons we RELAY.

See this beautiful girl? She is the face of cancer. Spindle Cell Sarcoma—a horrible cancer that ended her life way too soon. Brittany Richardson was a 17-year-old girl who lived in a small town in Southern Illinois. She was like every other girl her age, except she fought for her life every single day for the past two years. She endured pain, loosing her hair, being poked and prodded by Doctors; but she always smiled. Just read the comments on her Facebook page and feel the love this community had for this wonderful young woman. R.I.P. Brittany Richardson.

Here’s her obituary from The Carmi Times:

Brittany P. Richardson, 17, of Norris City and formerly of New Haven, gained her wings after long battle with cancer on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

Brittany P. Richardson, 17, of Norris City and formerly of New Haven, gained her wings after a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Brittany was born in Evansville, Indiana on November 28, 1997 to her loving parents, Kevin and Tina (Fals) Richardson. Growing up she was always loving, caring and compassionate child. She attended Gallatin County School and was faithful member of the Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City. Even before her sickness she was a special person always caring for others, and when her life changed due to this she only became more special—always positive, always caring about others and mostly wanting everyone to know about God. Her contagious smile and witty and serious sayings would captivate you. If anyone ever lived her testimony it was Brittany. Peace became her by word and symbol, how ironic that is, as this world needs Peace so much right now. Brittany was a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend. Gone but never forgotten. Peace Brittany!

Brittany is survived by her parents, Kevin an Tina (Fals) Richardson of Norris City, a brother, Clinton Richardson of Norris City, maternal grandparents, Steve and Sheila Fals of Cottonwood, IL, paternal grandparents, Jim and Kay Richardson of New Haven, IL. Great Grandparents, Nancy Fals and Janice Gross. Many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Visitation for Brittany will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Her funeral service will immediately follow at the church starting at 1:00 PM. Rev. Chad Everett will officiate and interment will follow in the Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven. Cox & Son Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made the Riley’s Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis, in her memory.

Envelopes will be available at the church. You may leave note of comfort to the family at coxandson.com

Ready for next year, after another nap.

Relay
Immediately following the Survivor Lap and Caregiver Lap. Walking the Team Lap with mom. She is incredible!

Yesterday morning after being up for 32 straight hours and driving 2 hours, I happily dropped into my bed and took a 5 hour nap. The 2014 White County Relay for Life was Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. My team, “Seitz on a Cure” raised $10, 713 and the total for the event is approaching $70K. Lots of teams are still turning in money and I am hopeful we may actually reach $75K. I am sleep deprived and it is one of the best feelings I have had in a very long time.

At 6:15 Friday night, the strongest woman on the planet walked the survivor lap for the second time—my mom. Last year she walked it for the first time. When I look back on last year’s pics I remember how so very sick she was. This year she was a lot better. She walked it with all the other proud survivors and they rocked it! Sadly, my friend and survivor Karen Thompson wasn’t able to walk this year. She is a 14+ year survivor and because of her fight she was unable attend, but she will be next year. And I missed seeing Jeannie Heibert walking the Survivor Lap. Heaven gained an angel this year—a brave, beautiful angel.

Mom was honored to help carry the Survivor Lap banner and my dad was a banner carrier for the Caregiver Lap. I do love these laps, but my favorite has to be the next lap—the Team Lap. My team is so incredible and we were so well represented. With our signature safety green tshirts we are always easy to spot on the track. I am proud of the fact we had somebody on the track at all times. We are the only team that can claim this. Next year’s Relay is only 360ish days away and we are already talking about what goals to set and how we can achieve them. Don’t worry, I will keep posting and I will keep asking for donations.

Also, each year my dear friend Jack Baker lovingly donates his time and talent as a photographer to capture some amazing images from the event. Click here for just a sampling of what he captured this year (and buy some). I can’t wait to see the rest!

Our county co-chairs Barb Walters and Patty Hodgson are amazing. They keep all of us Committee Members on task and motivated. They also believe we can do anything as a family, and now we are all one great big family. We have big dreams for Relay in White County and I feel so thankful just to be a part of it. I can’t wait for next year!
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Play ball.

BuschStadiumToday was an absolutely great day. First, I found out I’m going to get to see the boy on Monday. Second, my mom got an outstanding report from her oncologist. Everything is still shrinking, even tho her last dose of chemo was February 8, 2013. This is phenomenal! Third, thanks to my friends at Shawnee Communications, I am taking mom and dad to see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds at home at Busch Stadium. This is the second game of the opening series of the year. It ought to be a great night to be at the ballpark!

This morning I heard that this was the International Day of Happiness. I could not have planned a happier day if I had tried. The great news from my mom’s oncologist was not expected. Dr. Ziegler at Oncology and Hematology Associated in Evansville, Indiana is the greatest gift we could have asked for since we started this Cancer journey. She has always been upfront and honest with us—always telling us the good, the bad and the ugly. And I appreciate that. I always wanted to just know exactly what was going on and what we needed to be doing.

So be happy today! Hug those who you love. Celebrate life’s little victories. And have some fun.
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Let’s talk about Relay for Life.

White County, Illinois 2014 Relay for Life is June 20, 2014 from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. at the Carmi-White County High School Football Field & Track. This is the second year “Seitz on a Cure” will be walking for my mom, and all those who have fought or still fight every day. To say that we all love Relay is an understatement. I’m on the county committee with some absolutely fabulous people who all share the same vision of us all living in a world free of cancer. When my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastasized Melanoma in November of 2012 we were all very unprepared for journey we were about to embark on. Lucky for us my mom has as awesome doctor. My mom also has an unwavering faith in God who has held her in His hands and protected her. My mom is the strongest person I have every known.

One of the best things about Relay, to us, has been all the truly special people we have met, who are not part of our family. Barb Walters and Patty Hodgson are the Co-Chairs for White County and I talk to Patty almost every single day. And Barb at least once a week. I manage the Relay for Life of White County Facebook page and we have our own Seitz on a Cure Facebook page. We recently started honoring heroes on the county page and at last count were reaching almost 10,000 people with each hero. That is pretty amazing to me. What is also amazing is that we were able to pick 52 heroes in about 30 minutes. In 30 minutes, mom and Patty and I named off 52 people who we knew who had or have cancer. And there are so many more that we will honor. We will honor them all.

This year’s theme at Relay is “Lights, Camera, RELAY” and every team has been encouraged to pick a movie or TV show use as the theme of their campsite. We chose “Field of Dreams.” This is one my favorite movies. I actually saw it at the movie theater when I was a senior in high school and now its in my DVD library. Plus, my mom is a rabid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so this just seemed like a good pick. We have modified our logo a bit to incorporate a baseball theme.

Wanna be part of our team? Goto relayforlife.org and search for “Seitz on a Cure” then just follow the instructions on how to join the team. If you can’t join our team, you can always order a t-shirt. Just send me an email to julie@seitzlife.com with your size and quantity information.

Shirt-order-graphicThis won’t be the last post about Relay. And there will be a lot more opportunities to give to the American Cancer Society so we can #FindACure
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