2011 Relay for Life Revelstoke organizer Cheryl Fry.

Revelstoke Relay for Life celebrates 10th anniversary this Sunday

The Canadian Cancer Society is a National community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of quality of life for people living with cancer.

By Cheryl Fry, Relay for Life Revelstoke organizer

The Canadian Cancer Society is a National community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of quality of life for people living with cancer.

The 10th annual Revelstoke Relay for Life takes place this Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mountain View School field.

Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature event and is held between May and June each year in more than 56 communities across B.C and the Yukon and more than 500 communities across Canada. Participants form teams and pay a small registration fee of $25 and commit to raising $100 in funds to help raise money to help achieve the goals of the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission. When you make a donation you enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer and help to create a world where no one has to be afraid of cancer.

Relay For life is more than just a fundraiser it is a unique opportunity for the family and friends who have supported cancer survivors to celebrate their lives at the first lap of the relay, a chance to remember loved ones lost to cancer, and help us fight back against the terrible disease. Relay for Life events are a personal experience, emotionally charged, moving and inspirational, while bringing the community together for a common cause.

Calling All Cancer Survivors:

Want to join a community of survivors that fight back? Relay For Life is an opportunity for family and friends who have supported you to celebrate your life at the first lap of the relay.

The Survivors Victory lap: You are one of many spirited survivors who give us the inspiration to take part, to give generously, and to take a stand against cancer. Please do come out and be involved and register as a survivor and be part of the victory lap  at 9:50 a.m., or be part of the survivor picture at 10:20 a.m., or maybe you would like to  come out and be a part of the cake cutting ceremony at 12:50 p.m.

You can still join a team go to: relayforlife.ca and look for our community. Or maybe you want to be a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society you can sign up at www.cancer.ca  or you can call 250-837-9462 for more details.

We currently Have 18 teams in full gear, and are they full of excitement for relay day, they are all very busy raising funds to help with their fundraising on relay day. I am very proud to introduce you to our 2011 Teams :

Bloom’in Yellow Roses, Team Gloria, Rob Squad, Dazzling Divas, Farmer Savers, Powder Hounds, Rev Survivor Support Group, The Dub, Chamber Team, Community Connections, Powder Springs, Wright Cause, Hills Carpentry, Last Drop, Diva peeps, Regent Hotel, Regent 2 and The Big Idiots.

We couldn’t do it without the following volunteer Leadership Planning Team:

Registration Chair/co-Chairs Kathie Mackey, Greg Louttit, Sandi Adam; Online Co-Chairs Jessica Craddock, Greg Louttit; Luminaries Chair Sally Carmichael; Finance Chair Lynn Welock, RBC; Logistics Co-Chairs Emmet Anderson, James MacDonald; Health/Prevention Chair Darrell Goodman; Survivor Chair Lindy Silano; Entertainment Chair Sharlene Foisy; Children’s activities co-Chairs Wayne Murray, Mary Spencer.

We want to say thank you to all that have donated to the Relay For Life this year, your donations will help the society to:

-fund research on all types of Cancer

-provide information about Cancer care and treatment

-offer support to persons living with cancer

-prevent cancer through healthy lifestyles and risk reduction strategies.

Support those that support us:

Platinum Sponsor: The Hillcrest Hotel – a Coast Resort

Media a sponsors: Revelstoke Times Review, EZ Rock 106.1, Global Okanagan

Silver Sponsors: NorthWest Global Entertainment, The Photo House

Bronze Sponsors: City Of Revelstoke, Skytrek Adventure Park, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Halcyon Hot Springs

Community Sponsors: Tim Hortons, Rona Building Supply, School District #19, Class A Construction, Pharmasave.

Thank you to the following for gifts in kind donations to the Relay For Life: CP Rail, Tim Schumacher, La Baguette, Woolsey Creek Café, Revelstoke Golf Club, Fields Store, Revelstoke Florist, Energy Matters, 1ST Impressions Hair Salon, Southside Grocery, Conversations, Refinery Day Spa, Video Express, Fancy Pants Cakes, Subway, Praxair, Emo’s, Cooper’s Foods, Regent Inn, Creative Flowers, Grizzly Books and Serendipity Shop, A&W, Randolph David Jewelry, Kawakubo, Grizzlies Jr B Hockey Club, Bad Paul’s Roadhouse and Grill, Escape Within Spa and Hair Salon, Powder Springs Inn, Home Hardware, Hill’s Carpentry, AreaWorx, Ambiance Gallery, People’s Drug Mart, Revelstoke Own water and Ice, The Village Idiot.

$100 donation:

One hundred dollars pays for two nights accommodation at one of the Canadian Cancer Treatment Centres in Vancouver, Victoria or Kelowna.

One hundred dollars can be used to match one person newly diagnosed with cancer with someone who has survived the same disease in the Cancer Connection Program.

One hundred dollars pays for one important chemical used in research experiments funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.

One hundred dollars allows the Cancer Information Service to handle two inquiries.

Just imagine what they could do with multiple $100 donations.

Luminaries:

Come out and join us at 7:30 p.m. and have a special light in honour of someone or in memory of someone by purchasing a Luminary and taking part in our Remember Ceremony.

Luminaries are candles that are placed into special bags that bear the names of cancer survivors and loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer. Luminaries are placed around the track and are lit during a moving twilight ceremony.

Luminaries are sold prior to and on event day for $5 each. Dedication can be ‘In Honour,’ ‘In Memory’ or ‘in support” of any loved one.

Experience the emotion of the Relay For Life during this ceremony, and remember with us any loved ones that you may have lost to cancer.