Terrace Girl Guides at Relay for Life in 2017. From left standing are Tabitha Joriman, Amber Beck, and Bella Bernard. From left on the ground are Rory Redmond, Paige Constantinescu & Olivia Mohler.

Relay for a Life a go for spring

Annual event nearly shelved for lack of volunteer support

The Relay for Life will go ahead as planned for Terrace this year. Organizers for the Canadian Cancer Society’s fundraiser were worried a shortage of volunteers could trigger a cancellation of the event this year.

But the Relay For Life is scheduled to take place at George Little Park on May 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, the event raised $55,000 for the society.

“I love that when you ask someone in this town to help, they say ‘what do you need?’ and get right to work,” says Mike Nagle, Relay For Life Honorary Volunteer Chair.

“We are so excited that volunteers have come forward to make this event happen in 2018,” adds Helen Owen, Manager, Annual Giving, Canadian Cancer Society, Northern B.C. “It takes a whole community to fight back against cancer, and I encourage everyone to come out and support these volunteers in making a difference for tomorrow.”

In addition to funding research, the Canadian Cancer Society provides several programs that are available for people in Terrace and the surrounding community.

“I got involved with Relay For Life as a way to give back to my adopted home of Terrace,” says Nagle, “but since then it has become so much more important to me. A very dear friend passed away after a battle with cancer and my best friend in Winnipeg has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Relay For Life has become one of the ways I can try to make sure no one else has to hear the words ‘you have cancer.’ It is important to continue to support this amazing yearly effort.”

CCS describes the Relay For Life as an inspirational, non-competitive fundraising event that brings a community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. It is the largest cancer fundraiser in the world.

There is still room for more volunteers to get involved either on the planning committee or on the day of the event. If you are interested, contact Helen Owen at 1-800-811-5666 or howen@bc.cancer.ca

To register or donate to Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlife.ca/terrace



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