Friday, May 30, 2014

Join the Fight - Relay for Life to be held June 21, 2014

Michelle Sauvé
Michelle Sauvé, Canadian Cancer Society

If you’ve ever attended Relay for Life, you probably know that cancer survivors begin the Relay by walking the first lap to get the day started. In their bright yellow shirts, they are an inspiration to those of us raising funds to fight back against cancer. This year, one of those survivors is also our Relay for Life Committee Chair of Finance/Registration, 26-year-old Sonja Scott. Her journey is a testament to the progress we’ve made in cancer research and thanks to the generous support of so many Canadians. In sharing her story with you, Sonja and I hope you’ll join us in the fight.

Sonja’s journey began when she was in her early twenties attending university.
On Thursday August 4, 2011, I found out I had a six cm by seven cm mass on my right frontal lobe (detected by MRI). After brain surgery on August 17, 2011, I was diagnosed with a Stage 3 Astro Cytoma. The standard level of care (treatment) for that type of tumor was radiation for two months (Monday-Friday). There was a clinical trial available for me to participate in. The section of the trial I was randomly placed into was radiation for two months (Monday-Friday), and Chemotherapy in pill form everyday for two months (radiation and chemotherapy happened during the same two months).
I asked Sonja if she could give me a glimpse of what it was like being a young adult with cancer.
When you are young you feel invincible; your whole life is ahead of you. You have dreams of finding your career, getting married, buying a house, having children, and all the rest of the life you have envisioned for yourself. Finding out you have cancer puts everything into perspective. It becomes about getting through one day at a time, getting through treatment, and then starting to recover. Eventually you feel strong enough to get back into life as it was before. I went back to University and completed my Bachelor's of Management with an Accounting Major. I also worked part-time. Ryan and I got married last August. Life is going good. I am thankful for this opportunity to share my journey.
Beyond everything she was going through, Sonja also chose to become a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society through a student group at the University of Lethbridge. Sonja shares why she volunteers.
I volunteer to give back. I volunteer so that further research and progress can be made so that cancer does not affect anyone, sSo that cancer will no longer exist. I volunteer so that people can see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that there is hope. I also volunteer to share in the joy and celebration of those present and past that have been in the same fight as I am.I hope you will join Sonja and I in the fight at this year’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life, is an inspirational 12-hour fundraising event that brings our community together to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and to fight back against cancer. 
To learn more about Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society programs and services, call Michelle Sauvé at 403-581-1039 or contact the Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333. Follow us on Facebook at Canadian Cancer Society Medicine Hat & Area and Twitter @cancersocietymh.

Relay For Life 2014 in Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society Grounds
June 21, 2014 from 11 am to 11 pm

For more information, please contact
Scott Paterson

Pincher Creek Relay for Life has so far raised $4,970.00 of their $40,000 goal.

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