Thursday, May 7, 2015

Join us in the battle against cancer

Canadian Cancer Society

Valerie Fraser

Challenge your family, friends and community to make the greatest impact in the fight against cancer.  Participate at this year’s Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life in Pincher Creek, where every step you take will raise money for groundbreaking research and caring support programs for people living with cancer.

Last year, the Community of Pincher Creek hosted its inaugural Relay For Life event and raised almost $40,000 for the life-saving work of the Canadian Cancer Society.

“We thought we would be lucky to raise $20,000,” laughs BJ Scott, member of the local Relay For Life volunteer committee.

Scott was motivated to volunteer with the Society by helping organize a Relay event because she feels blessed to have survived cancer. She added that the treatment she received at both the Pincher Creek Hospital and the Jack Ady Cancer Center in Lethbridge was outstanding.

“We have to continue to fund research and programs that allow the Canadian Cancer Society to continue the fight,” says Scott. “Had I been diagnosed 20 or 30 years ago, I may not have survived as the treatment I received had only been in use for six months. To me that shows the value of research.”

The community of Pincher Creek will again host Relay For Life thanks to the dedicated volunteer efforts of Scott, Karen Andrew, Anne Dyck, Maggie Olson, Rosaleen Berger, and Joanie Freeman. This year the RFL committee has joined forces with the Ovarian Cancer Walk committee to create one meaningful and successful cancer fundraiser. Scott says they are delighted to welcome Marlene Bourque, Leslie Claringbull and Danielle Tetachuk to their committee. The fundraising goal for this year is $35,000 and the committee is confident that the community will rally for the cause.

“We encourage everyone in Pincher Creek to join us at Relay for a fun evening that will ensure people living with cancer in our community have access to caring support programs and the best possible treatments,” says Scott Paterson with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Money raised through Relay For Life makes it possible for the Society to:
  • lead cancer research across the country 
  • empower Canadians living with cancer 
  • influence public policy 
  • rally Canadians to change cancer forever 

Together, we have made tremendous progress in the fight for life. Today, more than 60 per cent Canadians survive cancer compared to just 25 per cent in the 1940s. But the Society will not back down from the fight until every Canadian survives cancer – and it’s your support that will make this possible.

Join us at the Pincher Relay For Life on September 19, 2015, at the Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society Grounds from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Register at or call Scott Paterson at 403-317-4658 for more information.

Valerie Fraser is the Canadian Cancer Society Community Developer for southern Alberta. If you have questions about the Society’s programs and services, please contact her at 403-581-1039 or

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