REPORTING · 10th May 2010
The Relay For Life is on at the Mount Elizabeth High School Track. Tents are set up, music is playing and teams are doing laps around the track with the goal of having a person on the track at all times.
“Everybody's here walking. We started at 10:00 with the survivor / caregiver victory lap and we’ve been walking since. We have lots of entertainment, we have food for sale. We have all sorts of raffles going on,” said Margaret Ferns who organized the relay.
37 teams are participating in the Relay for Life from all over Kitimat. One of the goals for this year's relay is to break the one million dollar mark. Last year, relayers raised over $100,000 to fight cancer.
“It would be a wonderful thing for a small town at the end of the road.” said Ferns. “This is our 11th event and we are determined and very hopefull that we are going to raise $1,000,000 for the 11th year.”
At the end of the evening, Ferns stepped up to the microphone. Prizes were handed out to groups and the final total for Kitimat was announced. The total for the relay was $111,674 for cancer research. More importantly, the 11 year total for Kitimat is $1,083,000 breaking the one million milestone.
“We may be fewer in numbers, we may have lost an industry, but we did not lose cancer. We are so thankful for the funds that have come in for the effort you’ve put out in fund raising and even more so for the support you’ve shown out here today. Our little town at the end of the road, what a great accomplishment,” said Ferns.
This year, Malcolm Baxter editor the Northern Sentinel was asked to be the final speaker. He was diagnosed with colon cancer back in September. Unfortunately, he was unable be their to speak as he was still tired from the treatment. Baxter had sent a letter with his story and the lessons he has learned.
“In these troubled times, we might not beat last years spectacular total but it doesn’t matter. The same as it doesn’t matter if you donate $5 or $500 dollars. All that matters is that every dollar raised today helps achieve our ultimate goal. Make cancer history,” wrote Baxter.
The Luminaries were spread around the field during this presentation and were lit. Those present took a final lap of the track to the singing of, “Amazing Grace.” The luminary walk honours people who have survived cancer or the memory of people who have lost their battle with cancer.
Louis Lechner and Karl Herunter, after performing on stage continued their show while taking a lap of the track
The Theatre Class also advertised M*A*S*H. Madelain Kuppers plays Agnas of Special services, Spencer Alvs as Father Mulcahy, Brandon Bare plays Corp. Radar O'Reilly and Carley Carver as a Congressman
Photo By FayEllen McFarlane