September 24, 2018

Survivors courageous rain, cancer, for annual Relay for Life

10 June 2018, 03:28 | Silvia Roy

Survivors courageous rain, cancer, for annual Relay for Life

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

The Canadian Cancer Society's signature fundraising event will return to the Amherst Stadium for the third year on Saturday from 6 midnight. The opening ceremony commenced as soon as they arrived. Her cancer levels were down as she headed into the holidays.

"This year, we had approximately 40 teams that registered", said event co-chair Belinda Anderson, who herself is a cancer survivor.

The night wrapped up with a Luminaria Ceremony, where loved ones were memorialized with decorated paper sacks arranged in a glowing pattern, and the Fight Back Ceremony. It does not care if you are a child or a mother, father, brother, sister or grandparent.

Silipigni joined cancer survivors, caregivers and others who have been affected by the disease at the Douglas County Relay for Life at Rock Chalk Park on Friday.

"I'm right here in my home region this weekend", Tier said in a Relay interview on the Greater Niagara Relay Facebook page. "So this is personal, it's a personal battle". "When you have no eyebrows, no eyelashes, no hair and you've been through the wringer - they get you as close to death as they can to save you - you feel invisible, like you don't even exist", she said.

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McAloon said final fundraising totals will not be official until August 31, the closing date for the year.

"This journey began on September 22, 2015 when I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia".

"Suddenly, we're a lot more accessible for people, we were having survivors park at PGSS and walk down to the event in previous years and this year, they can park near the survivor tent". This was something bigger than all of us.

She also felt helpless, and wondered if she could have done more to prevent it.

"This experience has shaped me and changed me all ways possible". "And there are times when I need a, 'You can do this!'"

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"I could have either stuck my head in the ground and had a pity party, but I rallied and I'm like I'm not going down. It's just an wonderful sight to experience, to know that the team at Greater Niagara is Relaying with you". How do you find motivation?

"I had scans in August that showed the chemo was working", Hart said. Hundreds of supporters cheered as cancer survivors made their victory lap around the camping area at Colasanti's. Other laps continued throughout the night and included the amusing hat lap, the meet your neighbour lap, the people mache lap and the carnival parade lap.

WRBI is proud to be a media sponsor of this year's relay. Local bands and DJs will provide music.

The County School of Dance performed a number of charming dances, ballet and singing routines including delightful renditions of "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" from Oliver, and Mary Poppins' "A Spoonful of Sugar".

The evening will include music, a door prize, food and more. More than 500 Luminaria have been dedicated this year.

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The money raised by Relay for Life and their teams goes to the American Cancer Society to fund research, share expert information, support patients, and spread the word about prevention.

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