Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pincher Creek Relay for Life raises $32,950

Toni Lucas - The Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society Grounds was the site of the third annual Pincher Creek chapter of the Relay for Life on Saturday, September 25. This is a fundraising event to fight cancer which occurs all across Canada. The relay was marked with camaraderie, sharing, song, stories, memories, entertainment and hope. Eleven teams participated, helping raise funds to be used to advance cancer research and support Canadians living with cancer. Including sponsorships, raffle sales, and donations the volunteers raised $32,950 - surpassing their goal of $31,000.

Relay for Life and the local Ovarian Cancer Teal Trail Run worked in cooperation to make this a single shared fundraising event. There were raffles, games, and prizes throughout the day, and several local musicians and other entertainers took to the stage to provide distractions to those who were taking their turns around the track in the wind. Several ceremonies marked the days starting with the opening survivor’s victory lap and ending with the Lap of Silence where the luminaries were lit and a single lap is made in silence to honour those who were taken by cancer.

Organizer Karen Andrews with Jessica Harrington

The luminaries were sold to those who wished to pay tribute to someone dear and close to their heart who has battled with cancer in any form. Many of the bags were decorated with names, drawings, and messages.

Many teams showed their unity with matching clothes whether it was headbands, t-shirts, or tutu's.  A real stand out on the track were local emergency workers who chose to do their relay in work gear including boots, helmets, and fire retardant clothes.

Survivor Kathleen Hancock
Canadian Cancer Society Lethbridge Unit Office Aubrey Lanz explained the team members did not always walk at the same time.  Instead, a team member was to be on the track at all times throughout the day.  "Cancer doesn't rest, and neither do we,"  said Lanz. "We are pretty proud of ourselves.  This is awesome.   There is such strong support in the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest area.  The community here is phenomenal."

Marie Cormier from Lethbridge lost her Grandmother and hopes to help cancer go away

Top fundraisers (from Relay For Life website)

1 - Get 'er Done! ($3,710.00)
2 - BGPC ($3,568.00)
3 - The Good, The Bad & ... ($1,680.00)
4 - Just Believe ($1,490.25)
5 - Valley Vixens ($715.00)
6 - Duty. Honor. Communi... ($675.00)
7 - The Brat Pack ($505.00)
8 - Pincher Creek Hospit... ($420.00)
9 - Tough as Teal ($325.00)
10 - Mo's B's ($50.00)

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