Are you ready to Rock?

Rock against cancer - that’s the theme for this year’s Kitimat Relay For Life.

Rock against cancer – that’s the theme for this year’s Kitimat Relay For Life.

What better theme than rock ’n’ roll – it spans the ages from the 50s to today.

No matter what the age, everyone has loved rock ’n’ roll and hates cancer.

We want the teams to decorate their tents, wear costumes, and come with any other ideas that would fit in. Let’s really make this a “Relay to Remember”.

I know that most people have 8-foot snowbanks outside their windows, but spring is coming and it’s not too early to be getting into gear for Relay.

This year’s event will be on May 5 at the MESS track. We already have seven teams registered and some have set their fund raising goals very high.

I, for one, have no doubt that those goals will be reached.

Team packages are now ready to be picked up from Margaret Ferns at 39-863 Lahakas Blvd. – evenings are best.

Team Captains who have their team and 75 per cent of their participants registered by April 15 will have their name entered for a draw.

For more team information contact Stephanie Miller at 778-631-2217 or by email at stephmmiller4@gmail.com.

Unfortunately, there is no-one who hasn’t been touched in one way or another by this horrible disease.  Every day it seems that we hear of someone being diagnosed with cancer and all too often we hear of another person losing their battle with it.

The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, with nearly $50 million invested each year for cancer research focusing on reduced incidence of cancer, reduced mortality due to cancer and improved quality of life for people who have cancer.

Eighty per cent of the funding is directed to reduced mortality research.

And research is providing results: today more than 60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive. In the 1940s, survival was about 25 per cent.

In late 2012 the Kordyban Lodge will open in Prince George allowing cancer patients to be closer to home during treatment.

For more information contact volunteer co-chairman Margaret Ferns at 250-632-2862 or by email at kitimatrelay@bc.cancer.ca.