This Saturday hundreds of Kitimatians will be at the Mount Elizabeth Secondary track participating in the Relay for Life, the annual fund raiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Bookending the 12-hour event will be the Survivors Lap at 10 a.m. – a celebration of those who have fought and beaten the disease – and the Luminary Ceremony at 10 p.m., a memorial for those who lost the battle.
In the 11 years that the Relay has been held here it has raised more than $1 million dollars.
And all that money benefits Kitimatians who are diagnosed with cancer.
It does so through the heavily-subsidized accommodation provided by the society at the Jean Barber Lodge which is located kitty-corner to the BC Cancer Centre in Vancouver.
Through emergency financial relief for those without rich benefit plans.
And, perhaps most importantly, through funding research.
In the 1960s, two out of every three people diagnosed with “The Big C” died.
Today, the number is half that.
In no small measure that is due to the research the society funds.
Which in turn underlines the importance of the Relay and your support for it.
And that support will help achieve the Canadian Cancer Society’s primary goal – Make Cancer History.