A community fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, more than 400 Relay for Life events were held across Canada previous year, mostly in larger urban centres, which was the reason behind the Lockeport Relay for Life event being started in 2012. "Not only the survivor or the person going through cancer, but also the caregivers", said Eric Witham, Relay For Life logistics event chair. "I Relay because it is heartwarming, inspirational and WE Make a Difference!"
"We're ready to go", organizing committee chairwoman Laura Ashley Farrow said.
"She always surprises me", said Jodee. Luminaria bags are for sale online and at the Relay to place around the track in memory of those who have passed and to honor those who are still fighting the disease or who have survived, sometimes for many years.
The preteens and teens organized a lemonade stand to raise money for the American Cancer Society. "This event helps people bond together, and Miami County has been very supportive to its survivors". Local businesses who have gone out of their way to ensure our event is a huge success year after year. "Oh my gosh, that was so huge", Jackson laughed recalling last year's event. A resident of the Finger Lakes area in NY, she is a member of National Relay Leadership Team as well as the Northeast Regional Leadership Team.
"As of right now the scans are looking good, I want to say yes, but cancer is a nasty thing", said Cooper.This is the second year that Mcdonald hosted the relay at its downtown park.
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Preceding the main event is the free Relay For Life of Newtown's Survivor/Caregiver luncheon.
"Newtown has such a wonderful and supportive close-knit community of survivors and caregivers", he said.
That sense of community was present throughout the day, from the moment participants took their first lap around the center of the park while being surrounded by friends family and strangers all united through one cause. I Relay because I recently spoke to over 500 4th, 5th and 8th graders and 98% of them knew someone with Cancer! "I'm very lucky because not a lot of people get to do a job they're passionate about", Carey said. "It's an honour to be the face of Relay and I'm happy to help others".
With almost one in two Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and a almost 35 per cent surge in cancer cases anticipated by 2030 due to our growing and aging population, now more than ever, we need your generous support.