Relay for Life raises over $32,000

By Contributor
July 13th, 2015

On June 6th the residents of Boundary Country, one by one, joined the ranks of millions of people all over the globe taking steps to end cancer at the largest cancer fundraising event in the world – Relay For Life.
A total of 16 teams and 145 participants raised $32,325 and counting. Everyone came together at City Park in Grand Forks to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and commit to fight back against the disease. This year the theme, Rock ‘n’ Roll Relay – Rock out to knock out cancer, had participants dancing the day away as they supported each other walking around the track.

Community support was outstanding from participants, donors, sponsors, business supporters and everyone that came out to the park! It was a battle for Top Fundraising Team this year with Jazzercise Grand Forks taking the lead with $4,051, top adult Craig Lindsay raised $1051 with his head shave and top youth Xandria Parker raised $865. A big thank you to Jennifer Edwards, a true leader whose passion and dedication, planning and promoting made this Relay such a success.

Who is your donation helping?

It’s helping the dedicated members of small community groups who are working to prevent cancer by organizing campaigns to increase awareness of, and reduce exposure to cancer-causing agents such as UV rays, radon, tobacco and pesticides. This year the Canadian Cancer Society was able to double the amount of certified Radon Mitigation Professionals in BC. 

It’s helping children who are cancer survivors, as they dive in the lake, get in a food fight, and tell scary ghost stories at our Camp Goodtimes summer camp.

Your donation is helping the young mother who receives support through our CancerConnection program; her CancerConnection match, a survivor of the same type of breast cancer, phones her after each of her chemotherapy treatments—they talk, cry, and laugh together.

Your donation is helping the husband and grandfather who phone our Cancer Information Service toll-free line to get the most accurate and up-to-date treatment options for his specific diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Your donation is helping the brother who is participating in a clinical trial for a new type of treatment which is funded through Canadian Cancer Society research dollars. Participating in this clinical trial is giving this man and his family a chance at improved quality of life and longer survivorship—perhaps most importantly it’s giving him and his family the gift of hope.

Your donation is helping the young child who has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs to be away from home for weeks at a time for treatment. His parents are receiving assistance through our Financial Support Program, helping to cover the costs of travel to treatment and accommodations while at treatment.

With your dedicated support, the Canadian Cancer Society is leading the charge in the fight against all cancers – of which there are more than 200 different types. Each and every day, we are working hard to accomplish our mission of eradicating cancer and enhancing the quality of life of those living with the disease.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Relay For Life in Boundary Country. As always, we are looking for outstanding, committed volunteers to help pull together this amazing event. We want to hear from you! Email us at boundaryrelay@bc.cancer.ca or call (250) 443-1484. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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