Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life

Faith Castro
June 2, 2017

The Rugged West chapter of Relay For Life will kick off its annual event of walking in the lights of night to honor cancer survivors and those lost to the disease, hoping to raise $90,000 to benefit American Cancer Society research, education and advocacy, as well as providing patient services.

Around 6:15 p.m. there was a group stretching demo led by Tara McCart from First Choice Fitness where everyone got limber, and then cancer survivors decked out in yellow shirts completed a Survivor Walk (one lap around the track holding the banner). There will also be workshops and free activities for kids that feature a bubble station, an Arabian scavenger hunt, African rain stick building and an evil queen showdown. Relay For Life is a celebration.

David added: "It's a challenging event, a painful one because you're not getting much sleep, but the team around you and the support from survivors who are there to cheer you on give you a reason to keep going". "We encourage everyone to come out and support us".

People are able to register right up until the day of the event to take part in Relay for Life. Around dusk, the luminaries will be lit.

The event will include a survivors lap, caregivers lap, luminaria and a fight back ceremonies.

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The evening will close with the luminaria ceremony at 9:30, followed by the closing ceremony at 10.

Inflatables will be available from 4 to 8 p.m.in the park for families to partake in and a movie will be shown in the park by Bossard Memorial Library. Judging will be at 8 p.m.

The event hopes to raise awareness, but also offers a support system to those dealing with cancer. Contestants will be handed a frozen T-shirt - of any size - that they must thaw and put on.

At 6 a.m., the pancake breakfast will begin, with a variety of other activities to take place until 10 p.m. We can't do it alone and it can't just be those of us that have been there year after year. It has to be the entire community that helps take up this fight.

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