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Relay For Life

Sarah's story: 

"April 2002 is when my story began. I was 5 years old when I experienced symptoms of pain in my right ankle that made it unbearable to walk. This resulted in me crawling around the house and a trip to the family doctors to find out what was wrong. After many blood tests, the results came in and I was a statistic. I was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). By the end of the week, I had surgery to have a Port-A-Cath put in where I would get my chemo and began 25 months of chemotherapy. I lost all my hair due to the chemo, endured many finger pokes, leg needles, lumbar punctures, and bone marrow biopsies to name a few. I missed a lot of my SK and grade one days due to hospital appointments. In May 2005, I was 7 years old when I finished my last chemotherapy treatment. I am very fortunate to this day to have never experienced a relapse. Currently, I go for check ups every two years. In April this year, I will be celebrating 17 years cancer free! Today I would rather smile than cry because I had cancer, cancer never had me.”

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. About 1 in 4 Canadians will die from cancer. In 2017, on average 565 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer every day.

This year's Relay for Life event will run from Friday, March 20th, 2020 to Saturday, March 21st, 2020 (7:00 PM to 7:00 AM) at the St. Denis Centre (2555 College Ave, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4)

Our fundraising goal is $60,000

Please follow this link to register for Relay For Life. You can create a team, join an already existing team or join individually.

The Early Bird Fee ($15) ended on January 31st. The Regular Fee ($20) began on Feb 1st, 2020. The registration fee goes straight to our total funding goal.

Participants will receive an awesome Relay for Life t-shirt, a luminary bag (write a message in remembrance or hope), access to all the FREE food, activities and entertainment.

We ask that participants try to fundraise money, we have no set fundraising limit, if all you can do is register that is good enough for us!

What is Relay For Life? 

Relay For Life is an inspriational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight (7:00 PM to 7:00 AM) fundraising event that brings the campus community together to celebrate life and fight back against cancer. It is an event where we focus on all types of cancer. Relay for Life has a festival-like atmosphere that your friends, family, faculty and staff can enjoy - regardless of age or fitness level. No running is required!

Teams of 10 (more of less) people fundraise individually and as a team to help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives and support those who are facing cancer now. Relay participants make a commitment to raise as much as they can. Everyone is invited becuase cancer does not discriminate.    

At Relay, people take turns walking laps all night. Each team keeps at least one member on the track, to symbolize how we're all affected by cancer, while all around them the party is in full swing. Teams will have a designated area to put thier belongings and to be united together to enjoy: music, food, activities and entertainment.   

Why is Relay an overnight event?  

For the thousands of Canadians fighting cancer right now, their journey is long and hard. From the shock of initial diagnosis, through days of treatment and the long nights that follow, for them, cancer never sleeps, so neither do we.  

At Relay for Life, each step we take is our way of showing them that they are not alone. As the sun rises and Relay draws to a close, we commit to continuing to fight for life all year long.

What makes Relay so special?

Relay for Life is a global movement agaisnt cancer, taking place in 20 countires worldwide, including over 500 communities across Canada. Although every Relay is unique, they all share: 

Survivor Speech and Survivor's Victory Lap - Cancer survivors are surrounded by an emotional wave of support as they walk the first lap of the eveing. In this moment, survivors celebrate success in their battle with cancer and give hope to those still facing the disease. 

Luminary Ceremony - Luminaries are special candles that honour cancer survivors and remember loved ones who have lost their fight with cancer. After being lit during a twilight ceremony, luminaries provide light and inspiration to participants all night.

Closing Ceremony - As the sun rises, participants join to make a personal commitment to fight back against cancer in their own lives all year long. 

Where does the money go? 

Every dollar you raise at Relay for Life helps the Canadian Cancer Society to have more impact, against more cancers in more communities that any other cancer charity in Canada. Every dollar you raise or donate make a difference - lives are changed and saved every day becuase of Relay for Life. You will be helping to:

  • Fund life-saving cancer research
  • Stop cancer before it starts. CCS researchers are leading the flght to prevent cancer while promoting  healthy lifestyles and advocate for policies that protect our health. 
  • Ensure no one facing cancer is alone by offering compassionate services and support to those lliving with cancer and their families and friends.
  • Empower Canadians with information about cancer to help them make informed choices about thier health

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