Join­ing forces in bat­tle against can­cer

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Re­lay for Life moves 2011 event to Car­bon­ear

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Can­cer sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies will join friends, neigh­bours, and co-work­ers at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex on Satur­day, Sept. 10 for the eight an­nual Canadian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay for Life.

While past re­lays have been held in Bay Roberts and Har­bour Grace, Danielle Doyle, who chairs the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Re­lay for Life, said this is the first time it is tak­ing place in Car­bon­ear.

Sug­gest­ing, “ there are very few of us who have not been touched by can­cer in one way or the other,” Doyle said, “ev­ery­one has their own rea­son for re­lay­ing.”

De­scribed as the Canadian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s “sig­na­ture event,” the Re­lay for Life is a twelve­hour event that runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“ More than just a fundraiser,” the Re­lay or­ga­nizer said, “ it is an op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether with family and friends and cel­e­brate can­cer sur­vivors, re­mem­ber loved ones lost to can­cer, and fight back in the hope of find­ing a cure for this ter­ri­ble dis­ease.”

Dana Black­wood-Cox will open the event at 10:45 a.m. with her song, “No time for me.” A teacher, mother of three and re­cent can­cer sur­vivor, Black­wood-Cox will also be guest speaker at the sur­vivors’ re­cep­tion sched­uled for 11:45 a.m. at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate.

Last year, over 120 can­cer sur­vivors took part in the sur­vivors’ walk and re­cep­tion in Har­bour Grace.

“ This year we ex­pect as many as 150 sur­vivors to par­tic­i­pate,” Doyle told The Com­pass.

Par­tic­i­pants are iden­ti­fied by the colour of their shirts, with sur­vivors wear­ing yel­low shirts; par­tic­i­pants, white; and vol­un­teers, blue. A lu­mi­nary cer­e­mony is set for 9 p.m. “Dur­ing the lu­mi­nary cer­e­mony can­dles in lu­mi­nary bags are placed around the track in hon­our of loved ones who are fight­ing can­cer, or in mem­ory of those who have lost their bat­tle,” Doyle ex­plained.

There will be a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day as well as chil­drens’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

If you are a can­cer sur­vivor, or know some­one who is and would like to par­tic­i­pate in the Sur­vivors’ Walk; vol­un­teer; pur­chase a lu­mi­nary; or en­ter a team, should con­tact Danielle Doyle at 595-2049 or 746-8798, or Sarah Neil at 1-888-753-6520.

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