Suc­cess­ful year for Re­lay For Life

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HEALTH/COMMUNITY -

The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s sig­na­ture fund raiser, Re­lay For Life, wrapped-up re­cently in Summerside with close to 500 peo­ple tak­ing part in the six­hour event at Red Shores Race­way.

Over the past month, six Re­lay events took place across Prince Ed­ward Is­land rais­ing over $220,000 and count­ing. Is­lan­ders have shown tremen­dous sup­port of the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety by par­tic­i­pat­ing in Re­lay For Life, volunteering at events, help­ing to fundraise or do­nat­ing to team mem­bers.

“Re­lay For Life can be quite emo­tional at times, es­pe­cially when you see can­cer sur­vivors walk the vic­tory lap. You know they have been through a lot, says re­lay par­tic­i­pant El­iz­a­beth Mac­Don­ald. “It’s great to be a part of an event that brings peo­ple to­gether for a cause that helps so many Is­lan­ders.”

The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety uses funds raised to help re­searchers dis­cover life-sav­ing treat­ments, pro­vide sup­port pro­grams to peo­ple who are fac­ing can­cer, and ad­vo­cat­ing for changes in public pol­icy to re­duce the risks of can­cer.

“We’ve come a long way,” says Jane Far­quhar­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the P.E.I. Di­vi­sion. “To­day, over 60 per cent of Cana­di­ans di­ag­nosed with can­cer will sur­vive com­pared to about 25 per cent in the early 1940s when we started fund­ing re­search. That’s a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment, but can­cer is still the lead­ing cause of death in Canada so there’s much more to be done.”

Eleven high-pro­file Is­lan­ders have taken up that chal­lenge as mem­bers of the Re­lay for Life Dream Team.

These in­di­vid­u­als will con­tinue to hold events to help them achieve their fund rais­ing goal of $5,000 each.

Cornwall Mayor Min­erva McCourt, a Dream Team mem­ber, or­ches­trated a com­mu­nity fun day on June 27 with ac­tiv­i­ties and games to get res­i­dents out­side en­joy­ing them­selves while rais­ing money for the fight against can­cer.

Other Dream Team mem­bers will host a va­ri­ety of pri­vate and public events over the com­ing months.

The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety is a na­tional, com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to erad­i­cate can­cer and en­hance the qual­ity of life of peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer. Be­cause of our donors, vol­un­teers and spon­sors like our Re­lay For Life pro­vin­cial spon­sor Credit Unions, the So­ci­ety has the most im­pact against the most can­cers, in the most com­mu­ni­ties in Canada. For more in­for­ma­tion visit can­cer.ca or call Can­cer In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices toll-free at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

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