Cancer survivors, whether currently in treatment or in long-time recovery will join together to make the first walk around the Williams Lake Secondary School track to kick off the annual Relay For Life event Saturday.
“Survivors are the reason we relay,” says event chair Leeyann Allan.
The Relay for Life begins Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. and ends at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, May 29.
There will be a luncheon on the WLSS site for survivors from noon to 1 p.m. All survivors are welcome to both events and can register on site, says Allan.
“Each survivor will receive a yellow T-shirt and will be encouraged to walk one lap around the track. While they walk, a caring community of supporters will be cheering them on and showing their support,” Allan says.
So far Allan says 16 teams with 120 participants are lined up to participate in the relay along with many entertainers who will be on stage performing throughout the day and evening. “There will be lots of choirs and young people performing,” Allan says.
The Fight Back Ceremony happens at 5:50 p.m. where people can learn ways to improve their chances of preventing cancer.
The Luminary Ceremony is at 10 p.m. and luminary tributes will be available for sale throughout the day.
“Everyone is welcome,” Allan says.
The entertainment schedule is as follows. Noon, students of Angelkeys Music Studio; 1:40 p.m. Tai Chi with Denise Deschene; 2 p.m. Senior’s Choir: 2:30 p.m. Dynamic Downfall: 3:45 p.m. Angelkeys Children’s Choir; 4:30 p.m. Francis Robins First Nations dance; 5 p.m. Borderline; 6:10 p.m. Lewis Butterfield; 6:40 p.m. Perfect Match duo; 7:40 p.m. WLSS Show Choir; 8:10 p.m. Oren Barter; 9 p.m. Krispen Studer Still Before No Where; 10:30 p.m. Quintet Plus; 11 p.m. Dynamic Downfall; midnight. quiet overnight tribute to walk, sleep, or some to go home; 7 a.m. Celebrate Our Achievements ceremony.
A portion of the funds raised at Relay for Life will be used by the Canadian Cancer Society to support survivor programs, such as: lodge accommodations, transportation to treatments, emergency aid, the Cancer Connection program which matches patients undergoing treatments with cancer survivors who have had a similar type of cancer and the Look Good Feel Better program for assistance with appearance related side effects from treatments.
“We encourage all cancer survivors, caregivers and family members of survivors to come and share this special event with us,” Allan says.
To register call Stephanie at 250-398-5205, in person at the Relay or at www.cancer.ca