Ontario fights back against cancer at annual Canadian Cancer Society
Relay For Life
TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Ontario is celebrating, remembering and fighting
back to make cancer history! This summer, participants, survivors and
volunteers will come together at locations across Ontario for the Canadian
Cancer Society's signature fundraising event, Relay For Life. Teams of 10
people comprised of friends, family members, neighbours and co-workers will
take turns walking, running or strolling around a track in this 12-hour
Lizabeth Earle, who suffered through and overcame three battles with
cancer, has channeled her inspiring story and energy to being a leader in her
community of Oshawa, Ontario, championing the Relay For Life event. Together
with her team, the Ladybugs, Lizabeth raised more than $15,000 in 2008 and
this year, hopes to raise a record $20,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
"The reasons why I Relay are many. I Relay for the loved ones I've lost
to cancer and those who are fighting it now," says Lizabeth. "I've seen
first-hand the burden of cancer for patients and their families. I Relay
because I know that the funds we raise are helping. I participate in the Relay
as my way of helping, honouring and remembering. I believe we are going to
find a cure and beat cancer!"
The Canadian Cancer Society hopes to raise more than $19 million at more
than 100 Relay For Life events across Ontario this year. The money raised
through Relay For Life is used to help fund research on all types of cancer;
provide cancer information; offer support services to people living with
cancer; prevent cancer through healthy lifestyle and risk-reduction
strategies; and advocate for healthy public policy.
More than a Fundraiser
The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is more than just a
fundraiser, it is an opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved
ones lost to cancer and fight back to make cancer history. This
non-competitive event includes activities to suit everyone's needs, whether
they're young or simply young-at-heart, a first-time participant or a Relay
"Relay For Life is a celebration of survival and a tribute to the lives
of loved ones who have been touched by cancer," said Sandra Harris, Director,
Relay For Life, Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. "It's a life saving and
life changing event. By giving 12 hours of your time to the fight against
cancer, you can enhance the lives of others fighting this disease."
Every Relay starts with the Survivors' Victory Lap where a large group of
cancer survivors lead the way around the track as a celebration of their
courage and strength. This inaugural lap gives hope and inspiration to those
who are still fighting cancer and to everyone who has been touched in some way
by this terrible disease.
A poignant scene is also witnessed at twilight as hundreds of luminaries
- candles, placed in special bags - light up the night. Each bag bears the
name of a cancer survivor or someone who has lost their battle with cancer.
The luminaries provide light and inspiration to participants throughout the
At dawn, participants pledge to continue to fight against cancer in a
motivating Fight Back ceremony, which commits to celebrating, remembering and
fighting back 365 days a year.
Sign Up Today!
Relay For Life is Canada's biggest cancer fundraiser and everyone's
opportunity to make a personal contribution, take action and fight back
against a disease that takes too many. It's an unforgettable experience, so
sign up now! Visit the Canadian Cancer Society online at www.cancer.ca/relay
to register, collect pledges and find Relay For Life locations across Ontario.
For those unable to participate, there are other ways to contribute:
- Pledge a Relay For Life participant or make a general donation to the
- Make a donation through www.cancer.ca
- Purchase a luminary candle for $5 through www.cancer.ca and inscribe a
personal message to honour a loved one
- Plan to get involved in a 2010 Relay For Life event
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 our website at www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free
bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.
About Relay For Life
This year, in more than 100 Ontario communities, an estimated 80,000
Relay For Life participants will help raise more than $19 million to fund
leading-edge research into all types of cancer, offer comprehensive and
credible information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment and provide
support for people living with cancer, family members and friends.
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview with the Canadian
Cancer Society, a survivor, a volunteer, or Relay For Life participant, please
contact: Miguel Pacheco, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4694,