By Lisa Dumontier
Centennial Park will be lit with luminaries next week as hundreds of community residents gather to participate in the 2012 Red Lake Relay for Life. Drawing support for the Canadian Cancer Society, the 12-hour relay raises thousands of dollars locally each year much of which is spent in support of area cancer patients. With an estimated 186,400 new cases of cancer and 75,700 deaths set to occur in Canada in 2012, it’s certainly hard to classify the event as anything other then a worthy cause.
Fundraisers leading up to the annual event have been popping up all over the district with Legion meat draws, garage and bake sales, barbeques and various raffles all raising support for the fight against cancer one dollar at a time. Families, friends and coworkers are joining forces, offering support to each other as battles against the disease continue to unfold and lives are undoubtedly touched by that dreadful “c-word”. Survivors are celebrated, early detection and screening programs explained and loved ones memorialised. As any participant knows, while the tears do tend to fall, there’s also a lot of laughter, comradeship and exercise come rain or shine.
There will be a lot of walkers participating in this year’s event. From babies tucked tightly into strollers to school aged children eager to stay up past their bedtimes and from high school students collecting community volunteer hours to the more seasoned amongst us making good use of Municipal benches after each and every lap. There is no score keeper and every step taken is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.
And it’s not just for those who have been touched by cancer or for those who have signed up to take part. Nope. Not at all. The Red Lake Relay for Life is a community event and welcomes any and all community members or visitors to stop in, walk a lap or two, purchase snacks and handmade goodies, watch live entertainment performances and share their stories. It’s a time to reflect, it’s a time to celebrate and it’s a time to fight back . . . it’s also a time for the Red Lake area to shine. Let’s get ready to Relay!
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