On June 21st, 2013 I along with my wonderful team mates participated in the Sudbury, Ontario “Relay For Life”, for those of you who have not heard of Relay For life… Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level!
This year the event was held at the track at Laurentian University. We arrived at 7pm, pitched and decorated our tent and got ready for the very moving and inspirational events that would take place over the next 12 hours. During the night live bands preformed, food was sold, games took place in the middle of the track, their were massage, nail decorating booths, and many more exciting activities! It was really incredible to see all the people there walking the track in support of cancer awareness.
My 2 favourite parts of the event were the survivor lap at the beginning, where all the cancer survivors walked the track together then moved to centre field and all at the same time released their balloons in symbol of letting go of their disease. It was truly something that I will never forget. It was empowering to see the children cancer survivors who were able to stay so strong through a scary battle. It was also incredible to see survivors who had been cancer free for such a long time, I remember seeing one woman who had wrote “60 years Cancer Free!” on her balloon. It was really an emotion, yet powerful moment. My other favourite portion of the night was the Luminaries portion. People were able to buy Luminaries in remembrance of a loved one who had passed away from the disease. My family and I had bought one for my grandmother, great aunt, great grandmother, and for my grandfather who is currently fighting cancer. Everyone had gathered around the Luminaries which were placed all around the track in silence taking the time to pray, and remember our loved ones. These two moments were something I had never experienced before and really moved me.
Relay For Life is something I think everyone should take part in at least once in their lifetime…we ALL know at least ONE PERSON who has been affected by cancer and we all need to come together and relay together to show our support.