LifeLabs Continues Sponsorship of Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life



    VANCOUVER, June 13 /CNW/ - LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services is proud
to announce its continued support for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For
Life.
    Relay For Life is an overnight non-competitive relay that involves teams
of 10 people who raise money through pledges for walking or running around a
track for 12-consecutive hours. Funds raised help the Canadian Cancer Society:

    
    -   support promising research projects,
    -   provide information services and support programs,
    -   advocate for public policies that prevent cancer, and
    -   assist those living with the disease.

    Relay For Life events take place in hundreds of communities across Canada
from May to October.
    

    LifeLabs is the Founding Sponsor for this national fundraising event and
has been an active supporter of Relay For Life since 2000. Over the years,
LifeLabs and its employees, together with family and friends, have formed
dozens of Relay teams in communities across Canada and raised over $1 million
to support the work of the Canadian Cancer Society.
    "Our ongoing commitment to this event ensures the continuation of a great
tradition under our new LifeLabs banner," said Nigel Terrett, Lifelabs Vice
President of Operations for BC. This year, LifeLabs employees will participate
in more than 25 community events in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec.
    "Relay For Life continues to be a great success because of corporate
supporters like LifeLabs and their dedicated employees," said Barbara Whylie,
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society. "Relay offers participants a
time to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back to
beat this terrible disease. Funds raised through this meaningful event help us
move closer to our goal of a day when no Canadian need fear cancer."
    Like so many other Relay For Life participants, Karan Sidhu, a LifeLabs
employee from Vancouver has personal reasons for supporting the event. "The
first time I participated in Relay For Life was when my close friend died of
breast cancer. Participating in Relay gave me a real sense of satisfaction and
helped me come to terms with the passing away of my friend," said Sidhu. "For
me this event would not be successful without the dedication and commitment of
family and friends who make Relay For Life a memorable event each year." This
year, Sidhu participated at the Bear Creek Park Relay event in Surrey.
    "Our involvement in Relay For Life is another example of the LifeLabs
Vision in action. As a caring organization, with first hand knowledge of the
devastating impact of cancer, we decided eight years ago to take action
against this disease by joining the Canadian Cancer Society in the fight to
eradicate cancer," added Terrett. "Relay is the national cause that unites us
and enables all LifeLabs employees to positively impact cancer research and
prevention efforts in every community where we operate."
    Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Canada. Based on
current rates, almost 40% of Canadian women and almost 45% of Canadian men
will develop cancer at some point in their lives. LifeLabs is a major
supporter of Cancer-related causes and, through its testing expertise,
contributes to Cancer prevention initiatives.
    For a list of Relay For Life event locations and dates across Canada this
year, visit www.cancer.ca/relay.

    About LifeLabs:

    LifeLabs, provides laboratory testing services, which help physicians and
other healthcare professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent illness in
patients. LifeLabs employs more than 3000 professionally trained staff, who
deliver more than 50 million laboratory tests annually to over 10 million
patients and nearly 20,000 physician customers. LifeLabs has operated in
Canada for nearly 50 years. For information, visit www.lifelabs.com.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society:

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit www.cancer.ca or call the Society's toll-free bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.





For further information:

For further information: Norm Berberich, Senior Manager, Communications,
LifeLabs, 1-877-675-4530 (x2800), norman.berberich@lifelabs.com

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