A story of Loss, Hope, and giving Back
Vintage Gypsy is proud to honor Sandra Hing, a Canadian Cancer Society advocate, who fund raises tirelessly all year round to raise money for her Relay for Life team in honor of her Mom
Eunice Robertson was community and family oriented. Always there with a lending and selfless hand, until she passed away from Lung Cancer in February 2015. Sandra Hing (daughter of Eunice) and her family work tirelessly all year round raising monies for the Canadian Cancer Society through their Relay for Life Team “Walk the Line in Memory of Eunice” in honor of this beautiful Mother and Grandmother.
“February 27, 2015 was one of the saddest days of my life. The day we said goodbye to my mom. Mom had been diagnosed 10 months earlier with Lung Cancer. The Cancer society was there to help us through this trying time with guidance and funds, and it was then that time we decided we needed to give back. I don’t believe we are just giving money to a cause, we are giving back in our community just the way my mom always did.”
Sandra Hing was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK. She is a 48-year-old, mother of four beautiful daughters and grandmother to one charming grandson. She will have been married for 19 years on September 6th. She works as an Office Administrative Assistant for Public Health on the second floor of the McIntosh Mall in downtown PA. She is the youngest of three girls. Her oldest sister passed away 21 years ago. “I miss her dearly, she taught me to be all I can and to not stress over the little things in life. She was a great inspiration in my life,” Sandra shared.
Sandra, also a cancer survivor of nineteen years had been on a relay for life team and she explained that her Mom never failed to come and participate in the survivor’s lap with her. “My Mom was always very supportive of her family and this is a reason we miss her so very much.”
Sandra and her family formed their relay for life team in February 2015 and have raised over $16,000 dollars for the Cancer Society since then.
“After the passing of my mom, my family and I decided we would start a relay for life team in her memory. My eldest daughter came up with our team name “Walk the Line in Memory of Eunice”. Johnny Cash was one of mom’s favourite singers.”
Sandra prepares and fundraises all year long for the big Relay for Life celebration held yearly in June. Relay for Life is a 24 hour, non-competitive team relay event. Families and teams participate in raising money and walking laps in honor of those lost and still battling Cancer.
Sandra explains, “Most of my planning starts almost a year in advance. I choose fundraising ideas based on my mom’s lifestyle. She loved to play bingo and work with the children. She hosted craft shows, BBQ’s, children’s events and was always very involved within the community and raising funds for people in need. We held a steak supper fundraiser for her and she was overwhelmed with emotion, tears came down her face when the money was presented to her to help with her treatment expenses. My Mom was always a giving person, not a receiving one, it touched her deeply to see people helping her.”
“We always start our fundraising year in June with a Kids’ Carnival and each year it gets bigger and better. This year we had members from SASCAR attending and I was very excited about the two being together. SASCAR also does their own fundraising for the Cancer Society and hosts a “Race for the Cure” race. We teamed up this year after attending their race last year.”
All the planning and preparing for these fundraisers is a huge undertaking, but Sandy says she doesn’t do it alone and the she is proud of the effort made by all members of her family.
The fundraisers are always on a weekend or days off. The prep for them can get overwhelming but I just think of the pride and joy I feel and the opportunity to socialize with friends, family and sometimes new people. All my family members participate in the fundraisers. Working together as a family is a great feeling. It’s time we spend together on a regular basis, planning, setting up and participating for a common goal. We work together as a team and enjoy our time together and I love the fundraisers we choose, they are focussed on all ages and we provide entertainment and not just ask for funds.”
We asked Sandy what a typical day looks like in her world?
A typical day for me is quite busy. Work from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and home to prep supper and get my daughter ready for bed. My youngest daughter has down syndrome and requires a lot of help and patience. She can be quite demanding. It is usually at the end of the night I can sit with a glass of diet coke, a cup of tea, or perhaps a glass of wine and watch a movie in the comfort of my home next to my husband. We have overcome many challenges together and looking at our beautiful daughters makes me proud of the accomplishments we have made.
I learned a lot from my mom growing up and I know she would be proud of us. I see different characteristics of her in each of my girls and this brings me great joy. I love the life I am living, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.