Organizers prepare to host fifth annual Relay for Life in Airdrie
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:33 am
The fifth annual Airdrie Relay for Life will take place at Genesis Place on June 15.
The event, which is an non-competitive overnight relay, raised $66,696 for cancer research last year.
“It’s an event that allows people to get together and rally together,” said Caitlin Herrick, event coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society.
“(It allows) cancer survivors to connect to other people who are maybe going through the same thing and give them tips on how to get through it.”
The Relay for Life is a 12-hour community fundraising event geared towards raising money and providing support for individuals affected by cancer.
Airdrie Relay for Life co-chair Pat Elliott said the relay was very important to those dealing with the disease.
“My family and friends who have gone through it have found it very healing,” Elliott said.
“It’s an opportunity to help you keep those positive thoughts which are huge in surviving anything.”
Teams of 10 to 15 people fundraise together and make a commitment to raise at least $100.
At the event on June 15, activities will be held throughout the night as team members trade off shifts walking around the track at Genesis Place.
Attendees will be able to take in concerts, watch movies, sing karaoke and do Zumba.
“It’s a really big family event,” Herrick said.
“It’s really important to us to keep it family orientated.”
Musical acts are still being determined, and those interested in performing should contact organizers for the event – but Elliott said they may scale back performers this year.
“We just had so much feedback last year that we should have more karaoke,” Elliott said. “That’s awesome.”
The Airdrie relay will be held at Genesis Place for the third year in a row.
Herrick noted that in previous years, the track has been lauded at the event as being picturesque with its view of East Lake.
One of the most emotional moments at the relay will come when the sun goes down and the luminaries are lit, she added.
The small paper lanterns signify those who have been lost to the disease.
Speakers for the night will include Amanda DeYoung, a cancer survivor who will talk about good things that came from her cancer diagnosis, staying positive and continuing to fight.
As the night stretches on, the Fight Back ceremony will take place.
“That ceremony signifies that we are going to keep fighting until this disease is gone,” Herrick said.
The event will wrap up at 7 a.m. on June 16 with the closing ceremonies.
For more information on the relay, visit relayforlife.ca