Get ready for Re­lay for Life

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety is invit­ing ev­ery­one to take part in its 13th edi­tion of the Ma­gog Re­lay for Life, the all-night walk that lasts twelve hours, on Fri­day, June 13th. It is held, each year, at Merry Point. The aim of the event is to cel­e­brate life de­spite hav­ing cancer, to pay homage to those af­fected by the ill­ness and to fight to­gether to save even more lives. Why at night? Be­cause cancer never sleeps.

TVA per­son­al­ity Do­minic Ar­pin is the provin­cial spokesper­son of the event while Martin Pomer­leau, the pres­i­dent and gen­eral di­rec­tor of Pomer­leau Gaz Propane, is the lo­cal hon­orary pres­i­dent. Both are cancer sur­vivors!

There is still time to en­ter a team into the event. “The Re­lay for Life is an ex­cep­tional mo­ment, a night shared with the fam­ily, friends and col­leagues. It sym­bol­izes and sheds light on what I have ex­pe­ri­enced and what oth­ers are go­ing through now. For all those people now fac­ing cancer, the walk is long and some­times dif­fi­cult. How­ever, in the morn­ing, at sun­rise, hope is re­newed with the be­gin­ning of a new day,” said Do­minic Ar­pin.

“It is thanks to the in­volve­ment and the do­na­tions of thou­sands of Que­be­cers that the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety works to pre­vent cancer, al­low­ing our re­searchers to make more dis­cov­er­ies and help more people af­fected by this ill­ness. We are all part of the so­lu­tion. To­gether we can save more lives,” con­cluded Mr. Pomer­leau.

In 2013, Re­lay for Life raised $13 mil­lion in Que­bec. More than 50,000 Que­be­cers take part each year in this event. To learn more, make a do­na­tion, buy a lu­mi­nary in mem­ory of a loved one, be­come a vol­un­teer or reg­is­ter for the Sur­vivors’ Lap, which is free, write to jane­tre­lay­m­a­gog@gmail.com or call 819 565-9716.

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