Cancer fundraisers held in June
The Canadian Cancer Society will be holding nearly 90 Relay for Life events in Quebec this year, an annual gathering where those who have been diagnosed with cancer are honoured, those who didn’t make it are commemorated and millions of dollars are raised for research and support programs. Participants create teams and walk around a track or set path to symbolize the collective effort required in the fight to eliminate the disease.
The first Relay for Life was held in 1999, and since then the events have raised almost $500 million for research and support. Last year, 400 Relays For Life were held across Canada. The Canadian Cancer Society says the relay is its most important fundraising event. Many events are held at night in order to get the full effect of one of its hallmarks – luminaries, candles placed in bags that display the names of survivors and of those who have passed away, are lit at dusk to light the path for those participating in the walk. This year, there will be at least 20 events planned for the Greater Montreal Area, including the Montreal-Centre relay at the Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port, happening June 19 at 7 p.m.
To find and register for the event nearest to you, consult the Canadian Cancer Society’s website at bit.ly/1evtmuV.
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