Re­lay for Life a big suc­cess

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

The 8th Trinity-Con­cep­tion Re­lay for Life took place in Car­bon­ear on Satur­day, Sept. 10, with some 36 teams tak­ing part in the 12-hour re­lay and more than 100 can­cer sur­vivors tak- ing part in a sur­vivors’ walk and re­cep­tion. Some $64,000 was raised for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, and or­ga­niz­ers es­ti­mate that some 1,000 peo­ple were in at­ten­dance through­out the day at the Car­bon­ear re­cre­ation com­plex. It was the first time the event was staged in Car­bon­ear, af­ter hav­ing been held in Bay Roberts and Har­bour Grace in past years. It was one of 28 re­lays tak­ing place through­out the prov­ince, four more than in 2010. More than just a fundraiser, the re­lay brought to­gether large numbers to cel­e­brate the courage of can­cer sur­vivors, and con­tinue the fight to find a cure. Or­ga­niz­ers are al­ready look­ing ahead to the 2012 event, which will take place in Car­bon­ear on Sept. 8. New vol­un­teers and com­mit­tee mem­bers are wel­comed, said or­ga­nizer Danielle Doyle.

Roughly 100 can­cer sur­vivors com­pleted the cer­e­mo­nial first lap at the Re­lay for Life.

The faces of some of the roughly 100 can­cer sur­vivors who took part in the open­ing cer­e­monies. Martina Tay­lor of Makin­sons sang the national an­them.

Bud (right) and Mil­dred Chafe of Har­bour Grace are ap­plauded as they make their away around the track. Both are can­cer sur­vivors. Dana Black­wood-Cox sings her song called “No time for you” dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies. Black­wood-Cox, a res­i­dent of Salmon Cove, wrote the song af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer at age 31. Black­wood-Cox is a mother of three, and wrote the song dur­ing her ra­di­a­tion treat­ments in St. John’s. Or­ga­niz­ers say Black­wood-Cox’s per­for­mance “set the tone” for the en­tire event.

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Adam Pur­cell, a Grade 5 stu­dent at Har­bour Grace Pri­mary, was among those singing the national an­them.

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