The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay For Life raises $12 mil­lion to save more lives

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The 2016 edi­tion of the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay For Life raised $701 398 across Eastern Town­ships to help save more lives through preven­tion, re­search and sup­port.

“More than $700 000 was raised in the 6 Re­lay For Life events which took place across Eastern Town­ships in the past weeks. This great suc­cess is a vote of con­fi­dence in the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety (CCS). The amount raised will al­low us to find more con­crete so­lu­tions to fight against all can­cers, says Josée Loignon, Di­rec­tor, CCS – Estrie Re­gion. Thanks to vol­un­teers, par­tic­i­pants and donors. Thanks also to the cities and vil­lages that con­tinue to sup­port us year af­ter year. With­out them, it would be im­pos­si­ble to raise such an im­pres­sive sum which rep­re­sents 45% of the an­nual rev­enue of the CCS in Que­bec.”

The Re­lay For Life is a 12-hour walk by night to cel­e­brate life in spite of cancer, re­mem­ber peo­ple touched by the dis­ease and fight back to­gether to save more lives. It’s an ex­cep­tional mo­ment, a night shared with fam­ily, friends and col­leagues in which we can show our sup­port tan­gi­bly to those we love who are liv­ing with cancer.

More than $12 mil­lion was raised in the 94 Re­lay For Life events which took place across Que­bec. Close to 32,000 Que­be­cers, 7,450 sur­vivors, 7,000 vol­un­teers and thou­sands of vis­i­tors took part in this year’s edi­tion of the CCS’s Re­lay For Life. It sym­bol­izes and throws light on what a per­son liv­ing with cancer goes through. For all those who have to face this dis­ease, the walk is long and some­times dif­fi­cult. They must some­times go the dis­tance alone, some­times with a team, some­times in si­lence, some­times with laugh­ter and joy. A night to fight against all can­cers!

Since its first edi­tion in Que­bec in 2001, Re­lay For Life has raised more than $126 mil­lion.

Re­lay to save more lives

The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety aims to re­duce the num­ber of cancer cases as well as the num­ber of cancer re­lated deaths, and en­hance the qual­ity of life of peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease. With the sup­port of 300,000 donors an­nu­ally and 30,000 vol­un­teers, the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety (CCS) is the Que­bec cancer char­ity that has the great­est po­ten­tial to save more lives.

Each year, one mil­lion Que­be­cers turn to it for help. The CCS is do­ing all it can to increase the over­all cancer sur­vival rate, which is cur­rently 63%, to 80%. The money raised by the Re­lay For Life helps: - pre­vent more can­cers and push for laws that pro­tect pub­lic health -f und more re­search projects - sup­port more peo­ple liv­ing with cancer Let’s save more lives. Visit cancer.ca or call us at 1 888 939-3333.

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