Team Chapman gears up for Relay for Life in mom's memory

"Our goal is to raise money in any form, whether people want to join our team or just donate, we are accepting anything," Chapman said. "Any potential team members are welcome! We just want to raise as much money as we can."

At the event, Team Chapman will have a table set up where the team will sell T-shirts for $5 with the proceeds going toward the overall goal. They'll also be grilling up some hot dogs.

Even though she's planning to have fun in her mom's memory, Chapman hopes others get involved for several reasons, the first being that cancer can affect anyone's life.

"I think that people should get involved with this because cancer is not biased, it can attack anyone at any age. It doesn't need to run in your family either, it can come out of no where and having to watch someone go through the treatment is absolutely horrible," Chapman said. "The disease takes over their life and you literally watch them deteriorate if they are not on the winning side of the fight. It's not OK."

Kristine Chapman's memory has lived on not only in her children but also her granddaughter, Eve Helen Kristine Chapman. Now 4 years old, Chapman said her niece remembers her grandma.

"I was looking at a picture of Eve and my mom and Eve says to me, 'That's my nana that died ... She was the best grandma ever ... I really, really miss her,'" Chapman said.

Speaking about her mom, Chapman said she thinks a lot of people like to brag about their mothers, especially if they are forced to talk about them after their death.

"But my bragging holds no exaggeration. She was by far the best woman I have ever come into contact with, and I have heard that from everyone that reflects back on her to me," Chapman said. "She was a model mother, instilled the best qualities in me and is the sole reason I am the person I am today. She loved walking down the nature trail with my dog every Sunday, her and my dad held a block party every summer at our house for the entire neighborhood of School Street. ... She was bubbly, funny, goofy, beyond loving, beyond respectable. She was amazing; had the best laugh I had ever heard."

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