Busy time for Team Hope
When I imagine what it must be like taking part in a Relay for Life walkathon, walking around a track all through the night, usually under rainy skies, it doesn’t sound so appealing. And yet whenever I speak with someone who has actually taken part in the event, they speak glowingly of the experience. The members of “Team
Hope”, a fundraising group with members from several different municipalities in the region, who I spoke with were no exception.
“The group started about seven years ago and we have around fifteen members. Our team is made of friends and family from Lennoxville, Compton, Waterville, North Hatley and Ayer’s Cliff. Most team members have been affected by cancer directly or through a family or friend - we all want to find a cure,” said Pat Leonard who has been the captain of the team for six years. “I first joined just because it was a good cause. But in October of 2010 I lost my mother to cancer, so now it’s personal,” she added.
“A Relay for Life event is so inspiring. When people walk around the track they look for their luminary (a special candle bought to honour a loved one that is lit and placed in a bag along the track). And it’s beautiful when they let the doves go. Because cancer has touched so many lives, walking and staying up all night is not a big deal,” said Nancy Suitor, from Compton, who’s been on Team Hope for three years and usually heads up their dance fundraisers. “We’ve got a good group who do big things and little things together to raise money. It’s more fun when everyone’s gung-ho!”
Caroline and Mahlon Grapes, also from Compton, have been taking part in the fundrais-
Team Hope had a penguin theme going on at last year’s Relay for Life event in Magog. The team members in yellow shirts are all cancer survivors.