Relay for Life takes on cancer

After being diagnosed with cancer in his leg at the age of 14 Kurtis Kelly now 29 has become a spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society on P.E.I. He’s promoting and taking part in the Relay for Life this evening in Charlottetown

After being diagnosed with cancer in his leg at the age of 14 Kurtis Kelly now 29 has become a spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society on P.E.I. He’s promoting and taking part in the Relay for Life this evening in Charlottetown

Mary Phillips knows the many ways cancer can affect a person's life. Various commemorative laps kicked off the relay, including a survivors' lap, a caregiver lap, and a series of team intro laps, as well as a dinner held on the grounds for all survivors.

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As she did this, Braga said she began to realize that what she was going through was also about perspective and she realized that she couldn't worry or have fears about what was happening. "We are all touched by cancer; someone we love has either had cancer or has cancer". Luminaria bags are for sale online and at the Relay to place around the track in memory of those who have passed and to honor those who are still fighting the disease or who have survived, sometimes for many years.

"At Relay for Life we raise money for cancer research for all types of cancer", said McMurter.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. "When we're given names for the luminaria bags, we add them to our scrolling visual display that runs continuously on a blow-up screen during the Relay".

Like previous year, the Relay will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 and end at midnight, rather than continuing overnight.

She'll walk the Survivors' Victory Lap on June 15 following a yearlong drive to be cancer free.

"The company I work for was a significant sponsor of the event at the time", Mr Farrington said.

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"When the ones you love are diagnosed with or die from cancer, friends and family often want to do something to help or remember them".

Money raised from relay events across the country is used by the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, as well as promoting awareness and assisting cancer patients in making arduous trips to cancer centers. "I come back to honor them and fight for the survivors", she said.

"I Relay in honor of those who have been lost to this very bad disease!" she continued.

"Relay for Life is a great event for everybody because it involves the whole community".

Lockett said having the support of her friends and family has helped her keep going, as well.

This is the 16th year that Windsor-Essex has participated in the national event.

"Putting together an event like this is not easy; it takes about a year of planning", said McMurter. "If they haven't registered yet we would encourage them to register as a team, as a participant, as a survivor". "It's the survivors and caregivers that truly, truly understand the battle and the journey".

The day she found the lump she visited a doctor and things moved very quickly.

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