Media Advisory - A magical night at a one-of-a-kind event downtown Montreal: The Relay For Life organized by the Canadian Cancer Society



    MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ -
    
                         The Canadian Cancer Society
             is inviting the media to attend the Relay For Life
                          on Friday, June 5th, 2009
                               starting at 7 pm
                         Parc Maisonneuve, Montreal
                 (Parking lot on Sherbrooke Street, between
                       Pie-IX Blvd. and Viau Street).

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    The Relay For Life is a one-of-a-kind community event that recognizes
    the courage of people living with cancer and honours the memory of loved
    ones lost to the disease. It's a fun-filled 12-hour overnight event,
    where teams of 10 people take turns walking around a track to raise
    money for cancer research. Participants see the Relay as the perfect
    opportunity to come together with family, friends and co-workers to
    celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones who are fighting cancer
    or have lost their battle, and fight back in the hopes of finding a
    cure for this dreaded disease.
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           Various spokespeople from the Montreal Relay For Life,
                including people with cancer or in remission,
                  will be granting interviews to the media.
               Family and friends will also be in attendance.

         Camera men and photographers are invited to shoot on site:
           a tent village, festive decorations, special ceremonies,
              and other activities will also be on the program.

    - Every Relay opens with the Survivors Victory Lap. The first walk
      around the track, at 7 pm, is reserved for men and women with
      cancer or in remission.
    - Singer Marie-Luce Béland will perform three songs at 8 pm. Marie-Luce
      will also attend the St-Jérome event at 6:30 pm and will be in
      Longueuil the same evening at 23:45 pm.
    - Another powerful moment during the event is the Luminary Ceremony:
      after sunset (9:30 p.m.), hundreds of candles are lit in honour of
      cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle
      against cancer.

                             By June 20st, 2009,
       70 Relay For Life events will take place all over the province.
               Some 45,000 Quebec men and women will take part.
               The provincial fundraising goal is $11 million.

                       Besides this event in Montreal,
         20 other Relay For Life events will take place this weekend:
      Friday, June 5th in Alma, Amos, Beauharnois, Buckingham, Chambly,
       Châteauguay, Deux-Montagnes, Hemmingford, Longueuil, Saguenay,
           Saint-Bruno, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,
                         Saint-Jérôme and Terrebonne.
         Saturday, June 6th in Drummondville, Québec, Trois-Rivières,
                   Saint-Georges-de-Beauce and Témiscouata.
    




For further information:

For further information: André Beaulieu, Spokesperson and Senior Public
Relations Advisor, The Canadian Cancer Society, Quebec Division, (514)
393-3444, abeaulieu@quebec.cancer.ca


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