Pipers lead the Survivors’ Victory Lap kicking off the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life in Williams Lake last Saturday in Boitanio Park.

Pipers lead the Survivors’ Victory Lap kicking off the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life in Williams Lake last Saturday in Boitanio Park.

Relay for Life raises $21,500

Under sunny skies and into the night, people participated in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life in Williams Lake last Saturday.

Under sunny skies and into the night, people participated in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life in Williams Lake last Saturday.

A Survivors’ Victory Lap opened the relay portion as survivors clad in yellow T-shirts carrying banners from past years walked the first lap led by local pipers.

One of those survivors is Carol Grosso.

Before the first lap, Grosso spoke to the crowd about her experiences battling multiple myeloma.

“Needless to say my world was turned upside down,” Grosso said.

When she was diagnosed Grosso and her husband Garry’s twin girls were in Grade 7 and their son was in Grade 8.

The hardest thing was telling her children she had cancer, she recalled, adding she was optimistic and promised to fight.

For 11 months she stayed in Vancouver for treatment, but was never alone, she said.

“I don’t want to talk about the drugs, the tests, and the procedures, but the tremendous outpouring that friends, family and people we didn’t even know did for our family.”

The support she received gave her the confidence to leave her family to fight the disease.

People don’t realize the toll it takes being a caregiver too, she added.

Canadian Cancer Society Williams Lake Chapter treasurer Leeyann Allan said the event went well and raised $21,500.

“It was a smaller event than in the past, due to our changes, but it went really well,” Allan said Tuesday.

It was the first time the event included more daylight hours.

With the event spread throughout the park, it was hard to get a sense of how many people were there, but when it came time for the luminary event at 11:30 p.m. Allan was amazed to see how many people were there.

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