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Relay for Life organizers hosting information session

Terry LeFurgey Lewis (left), Sheila Christie (centre) and Sharon Bristol look over plans for this year’s 11th Relay for Life in June. An information session is being held Feb. 25 at Amherst town hall to discuss the 2014 relay.

AMHERST – Preparations for the 11th Relay for Life are set to begin.

Organizers are holding an information session on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Amherst town hall to discuss the 2014 event and some of the changes that are being made.

There will be an opportunity to register survivors, teams and volunteers interested in taking part in the June 7 event at the Robb Centennial Complex.

“It’s amazing how the relay continues to grow each year,” organizing committee chairwoman Sheila Christie said. “There are many of the same people coming back year after year, but each year there are also a lot of new families who are all participating for a variety of reasons.”

This year’s edition of the relay will run from 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 until 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 8. The event will be open to the public after 4 p.m. with the survivors’ walk, official opening and luminary ceremony taking place at their regular times.

There will be a focus on increasing the survivor engagement, hosting team exclusive activities and events and encouraging smaller family-based teams.

As well, there will be an increase in children’s and team activities throughout the day and evening.

Since announcing in November that the relay would no longer be an overnight event, Christie said the response has been favourable. She said many of the teams from previous years favoured a switch in the hours.

To date there are 14 teams registered.

“Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and the biggest impact has been in survival rates among cancer patients,” district co-ordinator Sharon Bristol said. “When we invest in research we find better techniques, better ways to detect cancer, better ways to treat cancer and higher survival rates. When we raise money through Relay for Life in our community it benefits everyone in our community.”

Since its inception, the relay has raised $1.3 million locally. Last year’s 10th relay raised $169,000 locally, while more than 16,000 teams raised $46.5 million nationally at 487 events.

Bristol said the relay also creates awareness all year in how they can fight cancer, how they can prevent cancer and how they can work as a community against the disease.

Terry LeFurgey Lewis said there’s a simple reason the relay is so popular.

“Everyone is touched by cancer. You can’t find someone who hasn’t been touched,” she said.

Bristol said it’s more than a fundraiser, it’s a community event to celebrate survival and to do something about cancer.

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Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society

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  • Michael
    February 13, 2014 - 13:04

    If you do a little bit of research you will discover that of the number of people dieing from cancer in decreasing. The reason..... research has been done and new cures and controls are constantly being developed. I am so thankful that money raised does go into research. I know many people who would not be alive today were it not because of continued research and fundraising. Thank-you to the paid staff who continue to work hard to ensure that fundraising efforts increase all the time. I love these people who rant about people being paid, do they really think that you should work for free???? Becauase of your hard work, millions of dollars are raised and put to good use. Keep up the good work, keep fund raising, and keep people alive. I know that my family has been blessed because of research efforts and I will continue to fight, fundraise, and support any future efforts.

  • anon
    February 13, 2014 - 12:13

    This type of fundraiser and all those who donate and put their time into this sort of thing in hopes a cure will be released are nothing more than false hopes ... if a cure were to be released tomorrow what would happen to this billion dollar Cancer industry ???? do you really think that the pharms want a cure ... there's already several cures if you google ( cancer cured)...but don't expect to see them any time soon at your local pharm. boycott donations !!!

  • Doug P
    February 13, 2014 - 08:25

    Sadly, most charities over time turn from raising money for the cause to raising money to support those in their employment. It becomes fund raising to make payroll with whats left over going to the research. It sounds callous, I know, but the question begs to be asked: It has been almost 100 years of cancer fund raising where is the cure? One would be better off taking all the money going to the salaries of fundraisers and researchers and giving it straight to cancer patients to assist them directly. Cut the middle men and women who at this point are promising things that never come.

    • al
      February 13, 2014 - 14:53

      I agree with Doug too,,kits better to spend the money on cancer patients and their families,,for me research is wasting of money and time,,nothing will be accomplished,,we are hearing all kinds of promises since decades without any results,,,,its better we spend our money in educating people how to prevent or avoid cancer rather giving them false hopes,,,I am sorry,,I am not against any charity or donating money to help others and good causes,,,we can not beat cancer,,but we can prevent it ,,,,,,it takes a vision, will some honesty deep inside us and change in our life styles,,eating habits,,drugs,and cosmetics,,etc,,

    • al
      February 13, 2014 - 14:53

      I agree with Doug too,,kits better to spend the money on cancer patients and their families,,for me research is wasting of money and time,,nothing will be accomplished,,we are hearing all kinds of promises since decades without any results,,,,its better we spend our money in educating people how to prevent or avoid cancer rather giving them false hopes,,,I am sorry,,I am not against any charity or donating money to help others and good causes,,,we can not beat cancer,,but we can prevent it ,,,,,,it takes a vision, will some honesty deep inside us and change in our life styles,,eating habits,,drugs,and cosmetics,,etc,,

  • Jonny
    February 12, 2014 - 20:23

    and how much of that $46.5 million actually goes to cancer research and families?? and how much goes to people's employment, family vacations and luxury cars?? When you research on line it states that only 10% of the money actually goes to Cancer research and families.......

    • al
      February 13, 2014 - 07:32

      Jonny,,,I agree with you 100 percent,,its just another way to make money without any results,,still more people diagnosed and killed by cancer every day and the numbers are rising,,we can not beat cancer by research,,but by changing our life styles,,we are poisend by the food we eat,,the drugs the prescription drugs we use,,the cosmetics products ,,its all chemicals and when it entered our bodies it will destroy it,,most of the poor countries have less cancer than us in north america and europe,,because they dont have what we have ,,the cancer will remain and will increase if we dont educate people about to stop poising themselves and believe the t.v commercials