This year, approximately 10 teams have taken up the cause and will walk the distance to fundraise. Last Relay season over $28 million was raised across Canada, and 1.15 million came from the 27 New Brunswick events.
Relay for Life gives area residents the opportunity to celebrate the cancer survivors in their lives and support them in their fight against this disease. The event also celebrates caregivers for everything they do. And participants celebrate being together at this great event called Relay for Life.
Everyone has their own story, but participants all Relay for one reason – almost one in every two Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and one in four Canadians will die from the disease. In 2017, an estimated 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year and sadly an estimated 80,800 Canadians will succumb to their malignancy – making cancer the leading cause of death in Canada. Relay for Life also allows time to remember those who have been lost and provides that one special time when communities can come together and remember their lives. They are remembered with every step as participants walk around the Mount Allison quad.
The luminary ceremony is a time to remember the father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife or friend that is still special to participants.
It is for all the people who have been lost, and all the people who continue to survive cancer, and all those who will still hear those dreaded words “you have cancer” that participants pledge to fight back. Relay is how they choose to make a difference against this. The funds raised through Relay provide the tools needed to win this war. The Relay for Life supports education, research, advocacy, and the community services that help friends and family members when they need them most.
The day starts with a Survivor reception at Tweedie Hall in the Wallace McCain Student Centre. Between 70 and 80 Cancer Survivors usually attend this event and this year’s speaker is Ellen Hicks. The survivors then gather in the Mount Allison Library area and complete a survivor’s victory lap and are cheered on by the members of the various Relay teams.
With the merger of Relay for Life and the Run for the Cure Societies, this year the organizing committee is hosting a running event for the first time. The 5k/10k event will start and end in the Mount Allison quad and follow the old Dave MacAulay course through Sackville. Registration for both the Relay and the running events will begin at 5:30 under the tent next to the Barclay breezeway.
The Relay is open to the general public so they can come and see what the event is all about. Entertainment is provided on the main stage in the library breezeway as well as in the Manning room, in the basement of the chapel. Food is also available in the Manning room. This year’s event will also feature face painting to raise fund for the Relay, hilarious minute-to-win-it games, and much more. And it’s never too late to enter a team.
Relay for Life schedule
– 4-6 p.m. – Survivors reception at Tweedie Hall with speaker Ellen Hicks.
– 5:30 p.m. – Registration opens for Relay and running events.
– 6 p.m. – Survivor victory lap in the Mount Allison quad.
– 6:10 p.m. – Opening ceremonies and speeches.
– 6:20 p.m. – Zumba.
– 6:30 p.m. – 5k/10k run begins.
– 8-8:30 p.m. – Luminary ceremony starts.
– 10 p.m. – Awards ceremony in the Manning Room.