‘Relay for Life’ seeks help

FORT FRANCES—Although the specific date has yet to be confirmed, this year’s “Relay for Life” is set to be held in June at Pither’s Point Park and the Canadian Cancer Society is looking for committee members and volunteers to help out.
“We’re in the midst of forming a new committee,” noted Patricia Ramirez, regional director of the Northwestern Region, noting they particularly need people to take on leadership roles.
She explained “Relay for Life” is one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s greatest sources of funding.
These annual events are held in communities across the country, bringing people together with a united vision in a world where no one fears cancer.
Teams of 10 rally together in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere where they choose to walk, run, or stroll around a track. Anyone can participate in the event—friends, families, co-workers, cancer survivors, children, and seniors.
“Seeing how this town comes together for the cancer cause is amazing,” enthused Linda Hamilton, president of the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
“It really does drive home the fact that cancer affects all of us,” she stressed. “The magnitude of this town’s commitment to making cancer history is hard to ignore.”
The “Relay for Life” was first launched in Fort Frances in 2001 and has been held every year since, except for 2005. In total, the local community has raised more than $383,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Ramirez said thanks to the support of communities like Fort Frances, the Canadian Cancer Society has been able to offer a number of local support services, such as rides to and from cancer-related appointments, caring support either over the phone or in-person to people living with cancer or their caregivers, and assistance to people at cancer treatment centres and lodges.
In addition to the Survivors’ Victory Lap, the “Relay For Life” also features the Luminary Ceremony—a special opportunity for participants to honour the lives of loved ones who have survived or lost the battle to cancer.
Taking place at dusk, lit candles are placed along the track to create a moving and inspiring scene.
Last year’s event saw about 70 cancer survivors and their families kick off the event with the “Victory Lap.” The 22 registered teams followed behind, then continuing to walk throughout the night.
Ramirez indicated they’d appreciate any help they can get to make this year’s “Relay for Life” in Fort Frances another success.
Those interested in helping out can contact Ramirez at 1-800-227-5557.
A committee meeting also will be held in the near future. Watch for an advertisement in the Times for the exact date, time, and place.
(Fort Frances Times)