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REPORTING · 17th February 2010
Margaret Ferns

It seems that every few days I hear of someone or someone’s family member being diagnosed with cancer, and that’s why we need the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. I relay because cancer has invaded our home not once, not twice, but THREE times in three years – breast cancer, prostate cancer, and leukemia. Now I’m fighting back the only way I know how – by getting involved. I don’t want any more of my loved ones, like my daughter, my nieces, or my nephews, to have to deal with cancer.

Cancer has a snowball effect. Although individuals are diagnosed with this horrible disease it also reaches out to our families (immediate and extended), our friends, and our community. I want to help make a difference in someone else’s life.

The question I get asked the most is “how come we haven’t discovered a cure yet?” My understanding is that cancer is a very complex disease – in fact, more than 200 different diseases. I know that funds raised help to spearhead prevention initiatives (to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place) and promote early detection of cancers. Some of the funds are used to maintain the Cancer Lodges in this province, and having been a resident at the Canadian Cancer Society Lodge in Vancouver on several occasions (two of them for a long period of time) I know how important this “home away from home” is. Funds are also used for the Cancer Information Line (1.888.939.3333) and CancerConnection, which is a peer-support program for encouraging others going through cancer. I am a volunteer with that program. The Canadian Cancer Society
has worked for more than 70 years, funding research into all types of cancer. Did you know that in the 1960’s only 20% of people survived a cancer diagnosis and that number has risen to 62%, and continues to rise.

Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society's largest fundraiser in the North. I know that many people in our community have been walking in the Relay For Life for several years and many of those same people are getting ready to participate again this year – first by fundraising, and then by walking. Some people have moved away and are most likely participating in a Relay For Life in another community, and that is great. The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life really is an opportunity to make a difference for individuals in Kitimat dealing with a cancer diagnosis, or to make a difference for individuals you may never meet.

I want to encourage everyone in our community to get involved with Relay For Life this year – no one is too young, and no one is too old. We’d like to see more of our young people involved by putting in teams or joining other teams. We would also like to see a senior’s team or two.

Our first Team Meeting will be at the Chalet on Wednesday February 24 at 7 pm.

Unfortunately, cancer affects everyone, regardless of age, gender, or race, so let’s make cancer history. Let’s KICK SOME CANCER BUTT!!!

For more information on Kitimat Relay for Life 2010 contact Margaret Ferns at 632-2862 or kitimatrelay,,,

Right on!
Comment by Mike Forward on 19th February 2010
This is an opportunity for everyone to get out and get involved. There are no small amounts, and while a broad cure for cancer may not have been discovered yet, many types are now treatable thanks to the research that is funded by events like this! Our continuing efforts help us inch ever closer to the day where we can conquer cancer.

Thank you Margaret for speaking out, and I'll see you(and hopefully many others!) on the Relay track!
Bands, Singers, Magicians? Entertainment Stage
Comment by Bill Vollrath on 17th February 2010
Hey Gang, This is an awesome fundraiser and I am happy to help out by putting together the line-up for the stage-show on the day of the Kitimat Relay...So if ya got an act and ya wanna help us out...Call me! 250-632-2069 ~ Leave a message on that line if I'm not in OK? If you call my cell, I won't have the sheet with me and I'll forget to mark you down. We need your help! Thanks! Bill