The signature event for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the largest cancer fundraiser in Canada is coming up in mid-June.
The Relay for Life is a 12-hour team event – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – in which people of all ages come together in a family-friendly and non-competitive atmosphere.
Participants celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and continue the fight against all cancers by taking turns walking laps around local tracks for 12 hours. The event raises an average of $600,000 a year in this region, and organizers are hoping for the same or better result on June 14. About 2,000 Fraser Valley residents take part in the relay annually.
A luminary ceremony, held at twilight, will also be featured. Luminaries are special candles that honour cancer survivors and remember loved ones who have lost their fight. After being lit, the luminaries line the track.
All teams are asked to raise at least $100, but the majority bring in at least $300 each, said CCS’ team lead for the Fraser Valley region Gwen Clyne. Teams range from 10 to 15 people and the event is open to those of all ages and fitness levels.
And while all the teams are asked to have at least one person on the track each of the 12 hours, it is understood that some people have commitments and must step away for a while.
The relay also serves an additional purpose, next to raising money, said Clyne.
“You learn that you’re not alone” in your fight against cancer.
For more information, or to register, visit relayforlife.ca.