Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Lockeport's YOLO Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life event happening June 8

Chuck Joyce hug Relay full of life
Gustavo Carr | 10 June, 2018, 15:28

A community fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, more than 400 Relay for Life events were held across Canada past year, mostly in larger urban centres, which was the reason behind the Lockeport Relay for Life event being started in 2012. "That came to approximately 373 participants". It means we need to be united. The opening ceremony commenced as soon as they arrived.

Relay for Life features teams walking a track at Clearwater Park for six to 12 hours to raise money for cancer research, with at least one team member walking at all times.

At 10 p.m., the luminaria ceremony will be held to light candles in remembrance of those lost and in honor of those surviving.

With a plethora of events and activities planned, Relay for Life is welcoming all of the Minot community to the event. The first lap was walked by cancer survivors. "We want to continuously find breakthroughs".

"It was a sad day when I was told I had cancer", Cupan said.

"Everybody here has either gone through it or knows somebody that went through it".

When the survivors and their caregivers made a second lap together, the teams roared even louder as the walkers laughed and even danced in the street.

"If it wasn't for (the community), I don't think it would have been as easy for me", breast cancer survivor Jo Ellis said. "They're the reason that we are funding cancer research and these programs and services". Every time I come back, we have more survivors. "We know how to celebrate life up here, and we know how to honor those we've lost".

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The walk began at 10:00 am this morning at its new home at Exhibition Park, and continues until 10:00 am on Sunday.

The silent auction winds up at 9 p.m., as the lighting of the luminarias begins, along with a Relay for Relay. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 registered vehicles.

This year, 415 Relay for Life events are scheduled nationwide, with over 110,000 participants.

Gates open to the public at 4 p.m. today.

According to Anderson and Hetzler, the special plans for 2019's milestone relay are "top-secret".

"They just wanted to help", Frederick said. Most have also heard of Relay for Life and recognize The American Cancer Society is a non profit organization dedicated to the fight against cancer and finding a cure for all types of cancer. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries.

Preceding the main event is the free Relay For Life of Newtown's Survivor/Caregiver luncheon.