Relay For Life – Canadian Cancer Society Making Bold Changes


"It's our belief that this could eventually cure later-staged metastasized cancer. People will not die from cancer, if our prediction is true.THUNDER BAY – LIVING – The Canadian Cancer Society are making some bold changes to its Relay For Life event in Thunder Bay. To help welcome more families and people, the event on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Fort William Historical Park will feature a shorter event duration, running from 6:00pm to 12:00am on Friday evening. Participants can join the event as individuals, or as part of a team of friends, relatives or coworkers.

“This year’s new format will still encompass all of the amazing aspects that people love about Relay but will be packed into a six-hour event,” says Ashley Rooney, Fundraising Coordinator of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Thunder Bay community office. “We are excited to evolve and strengthen our signature fundraiser in order to raise more money for our important mission work,” she adds.

Regular physical activity helps protect against cancer. It’s also one of the best ways to stay at a healthy body weight, which reduces a person’s risk of cancer. It is for these reasons that the Society is reintroducing Relay batons to the event and encouraging Relay For Life participants to set a distance goal for the event (e.g. one to 10 KM) on an individual or team basis. Pre-event training walk sessions will be offered to participants and led by volunteer walk leaders.

To help event participants meet or exceed a fundraising goal of $150, the Society will also provide motivational participant coaching to all registrants.

2015 marks the 16th anniversary for Relay For Life in Ontario. In the last 15 years, local residents have fought back against cancer at Relay For Life in Thunder Bay to fund life-saving research, support services for local patients and other important work that means fewer Canadians will be touched by the disease. This inspiring amount of money and great work could not have been accomplished without the support of generous event participants, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

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Relay Reunion event

On March 7th the Canadian Cancer Society will also host a Relay Reunion event to kick off Relay For Life in Thunder Bay and give people an opportunity to learn more about the event changes. The Relay Reunion event will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Superior CVI in Thunder Bay.

This event will be reminiscent of a high school reunion, a time to talk about great memories and future plans. Relay For Life participants, volunteers and survivors who have supported events in the past are invited. Those wanting to learn more about Relay For Life are also welcome to attend.


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