Surviving to enjoy life
If you want to smile, feel alive and enjoy the company of others then join a survivor and their friends!
It was cancer survivors Aug. 24 celebrating the 9th annual Burin Peninsula Cancer Relay for Life at the Track and Field Complex in Marystown. And during the process the celebration raised over $62,000 for cancer research and support.
The Marystown town council recognized cancer survivors with a luncheon at Hotel Marystown and then they turned out on the Track and Field off Harris Drive with their friends and supporters.
Committee members, including co-chairs Marystown Deputy-Mayor Keith Keating and Coun. Albert Stacey, welcomed 92 survivors, their relatives and friends for 12 hours of exercising, fellowship and simple fun.
MP Judy Foote, a 13-year cancer survivor herself, told participants cancer is not something one wants in their lives.
“But it’s part of life, part of what we have to deal with.”
She added “It’s important to support others and remember those who have gone.
“I want to thank you for your help. I was one who needed your help 13 years ago.”
Mayor Sam Synard suggested the relay was a time to remember those who are no longer here, those who are suffering with cancer and those who have survived.
He praised co-chairs Mr. Keating and Mr. Stacey for their efforts over the nine years the relay has been held in Marystown.
Donna Gear of the Canadian Cancer Society said this was her third relay in Marystown and thanked everyone present for their efforts.
“It’s because of you, you guys are the reason I do what I do.”
Mr. Keating noted the number of teams for this year’s relay had fallen off to 19 but he indicated there were just as many participants as in past years. Co-Chair Albert Stacey agreed. “Even though the teams are down, as I walk around I see a lot of you who are returning.”
The relay on the field began with a survivor’s lap around the track, followed by survivors’ supporters and then all the 19 teams made their initial lap together. A luminary tribute, with candles lit inside bags for those who have passed away or survived, was held in the early evening.
For every cancer survivor, there are just as many and more supporters to make sure people survive this disease.
A proud poppy is cancer survivor Harold Foote of Burin. He’s more than happy to be able to push his granddaughter, Isabella, in her stroller.
Mary Beth Farrell had participants limbering up for their afternoon and evening of walking around the track in the annual Relay for Life.
These survivors proved cancer can be beaten. There were 92 in the Marystown Relay for Life, young and old, and the number continues to grow daily.
The Farrell family and their friends from Little Bay are more than willing to jump into the boxing and take on the (cancer) gorilla in a battle for survival and ‘fight like an Irish girl’.
Marystown Coun. Albert Stacey, co-chair with Keith Keating of the Burin Peninsula Cancer Relay for Life, applauded the cancer survivors as they lapped the Track and Field Complex Aug. 24. Mr. Stacey has a very personal attachment to the background...
Just like his committee cochair Albert Stacey in the background, Marystown deputy-mayor Keith Keating is more than pleased to offer his time and commitment to the Cancer Relay for Life. On the piano is performer Marc Brown.