Relay for Life kicks off

Piper Courtney Mac Pherson leads the Survivors Victory Lap around Centre 200 on Friday night at Sydney’s 16th annual Relay For Life

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.

Luminarias decorated with messages honoring people affected by cancer line the Rock Chalk Park track as part of the Douglas County Relay for Life on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Like a year ago, the Relay will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 and end at midnight, rather than continuing overnight. "They only gave my sister-in-law two months (to live)", Phillips said. She went on to discuss the commonalities shared by many Relay attendees in their battles against cancer.

"I was touched by cancer for a long time", she said.

This is down from the usual amount of $100,000 per year, Carey said.

"Putting together an event like this is not easy; it takes about a year of planning", said McMurter.

Back for a third year, mom-and-daughter duo Jean and Isabelle Crowley remembered Isabelle's best friend's father on team "Tom's Avengers".

"What helped was the fact my relatives, friends and co-workers came to see me, even when I didn't feel like seeing them", Cupan said. The fight against cancer is a movement in my family and is personal to me.

"It hit hard when Tom died because he was so young", said Jean.

The event is open to everyone as participants on a team, as cancer survivors or as spectators just taking in the evening and socializing.

"Our mission is to save lives faster", Castillo said. It is a time to grieve for those we have lost, to reflect on our own or loved ones cancer experience, and to find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world.

Digby's Relay for Life is scheduled for June 16 at the Digby arena and Yarmouth will have its Relay for Life June 23 at the Mariners Centre.

"I Relay for those who can't".

Then, a year after her diagnosis, Braga was in remission. "It's the survivors and caregivers that truly, truly understand the battle and the journey". Seeing the community come together to raise money for a common cause.

"As a survivor, I relay to raise awareness, and I relay for research", Anderson said, "We all have a different reason to relay". Local businesses who have gone out of their way to ensure our event is a huge success year after year. "And the kids coming out to have fun, walk the track, and know that they are making a difference", she said.

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