Peo­ple af­fected by can­cer in­vited to Re­lay for Life open­ing cer­e­mony

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced can­cer or have cared for a loved one with the disease are be­ing in­vited to at­tend the Re­lay for Life open­ing cer­e­mony to­mor­row.

The Can­cer So­ci­ety is ask­ing can­cer sur­vivors, fam­ily and friends to show sup­port for those tak­ing part in the re­lay by do­ing the open­ing ‘‘Sur­vivor Lap’’, so­ci­ety chief John Loof says.

‘‘The sur­vivor cel­e­bra­tions are a great chance for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether, share can­cer sto­ries and meet oth­ers who have walked the can­cer jour­ney,’’ he says.

The sur­vivor cel­e­bra­tions kick off the an­nual Re­lay for Life where teams walk to­gether to raise money to sup­port those with can­cer.

The re­lay is held overnight and team mem­bers take turns to walk through­out the evening to sym­bol­ise that can­cer never sleeps.

There is live mu­sic and a spe­cial can­dle-lit cer­e­mony held dur­ing the course of the re­lay.

The event be­gan in 1985 and is now held in 23 coun­tries around the globe. It is her­alded as an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate can­cer sur­vivors and care­givers, re­mem­ber loved ones lost to can­cer and fight back against a disease that ef­fects one in three Ki­wis.

Money raised goes to­wards re­search into can­cer causes and treat­ment as well as pro­vid­ing sup­port for peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

Re­lay for Life Auck­land kicks off on Fe­bru­ary 23 at the Mil­len­nium Sta­dium, Mairangi Bay.

The Sur­vivors Cel­e­bra­tions be­gin at 2.30pm, with the Sur­vivor Lap start­ing at 4pm.


Knees up: Re­becca McCaugham, Lin­coln Davies and Les­ley Daw­son of Mercy Hospice Auck­land kick up their heels for the O’Party on March 15.

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