A sea of yellow T-shirts, worn by area cancer survivors during the annual Cancer Survivor Appreciation Dinner, are a poignant reminder of the many people who are dealing with cancer today. The annual dinner, which is free to all Tantramar area cancer survivors and their guests, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Main Street Baptist Church in Sackville, the evening prior to the Relay for Life event. Shown here are some participants at the 2012 dinner. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Teams around the Tantramar region have been busy raising funds for the upcoming Relay for Life event, which will be held on the Mount Allison University campus on Friday, October 18. And Kathy’s Krew is no different.
On Friday, Oct. 4 the team will hold its annual music night, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mount Whatley Hall.
Kathy’s Krew team members Erma Black and Gerry Hart, now both long retired, have been organizing the event for the past eight years. Previous to that the pair also worked to support other cancer fundraising initiatives. The two said last week that the event is open to everyone and the public is invited to come and enjoy the evening while helping to support that very worthy cause.
“The music night is our way of raising funds for Relay for Life. The first couple years that we took part we started out small, doing barbecues in the community; smaller things like that. But then we got the idea of holding a music night and people really seemed to enjoy it so since then we’ve pretty much put our fundraising energies into organizing this one event,’ Black said recently.
Roses & Thorns and LP Express will be the featured musical acts, while sisters Jade and Samantha Terrio of Sackville will also entertain.
“Admission is by free-will offering. People give what they can and over the years the public has been very supportive,” Hart added.
During a brief intermission during the evening event, home-made fudge, pop and bottled water will be for sale as well.
Since everything, including supplies and talents, are donated for the event, all proceeds go to support the Relay for Life initiative.
Black and Hart, who are both cancer survivors, also stressed that the Relay for Life event is not a competition between the 40+ teams who take part in the annul event.
“It’s not a race to see who can raise the most money; it’s people coming together to in the common cause of raising funds to help with cancer research to provide assistance to those who need it when they are dealing with cancer,” Black stressed.
Hart noted that luminaries will also be for sale during the music night. Luminaries are candles placed inside paper bags which are placed around the perimeter of the Relay for Life site and which are purchased in honour of or in memory of people who are dealing with or have dealt with cancer.
Cancer survivors are any persons who have survived a cancer diagnosis; because the battle begins right in the doctor’s office, as soon as the diagnosis has been given.
“We hope to have a big crowd at the music night. People can come and enjoy the music, support the Relay for Life and take the opportunity to help make a difference,” Black said.
Both she and Hart remind the public of the cancer survivors appreciation dinner held each year prior to the Relay for Life event.
Survivor Appreciation Dinner set for Oct. 17 in Sackville
Cancer survivors from throughout the Tantramar region – Cape Spear to Upper Dorchester – are invited to the annual Survivor Appreciation Dinner to be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Sackville on Thursday, Oct. 17. The doors open at 4 p.m. with the hot meal served at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend the dinner, which is supported through local donations and organized by members of the local church. During the evening event a guest speaker, always a cancer survivor, will address those gathered.
“Cancer survivors who take part in the dinner are always appreciative of the event and they get a lot of encouragement from the guest speakers; I know that I do,” cancer survivor Erma Black said recently.
She noted that all cancer survivors and their one guest are invited to attend the event and that no official written invitations are distributed in advance of the dinner.
“We do try to call everyone that we know in the area to invite them, but I’m sure we miss some; and perhaps there are people who we don’t know are cancer survivors. So this is an official invitation to all cancer survivors in this area to attend the appreciation dinner,” she said.
During the event, survivors wear bright yellow and red T-shirts.
“When I look around and see so many yellow T-shirts, it’s a very poignant moment. There are so many people dealing with this disease today,” Black said.