REPORTING · 10th May 2011
It was sunny on Saturday, May 7th for the Relay for Life. The day opened at 10 Am for the survivors lap escorted by the colour party. They were followed by the caregivers and the Spirit of the Kitlope.
“This is what we’ve been raising funds for all year long. Now we’re thankful, the suns out and everyone can get out and enjoy the day. Theirs going to be food to eat and activities to be done and entertainment,” said Margaret Ferns.
There were 33 teams and around 258 participants circling the track. Carlyle Shepard’s team brought in the most money, at over $12,000. Shepard himself raised over $7,0000 for the cause.
Despite a little rain, and a windstorm, their was still quite a crowd gathered for the Luminary Ceremony. Prizes were handed out and the total was announced, although more money was expected.
“Our total is $85,000. Way to go Kitimat, the little town that can,” said Ferns.
Ferns also shared a few words about the effect of Cancer upon her family. Her mother passed away from Cancer 25 years ago. This year, Ferns herself has gone five years since her last day of treatment.
“Because of events like Relay For Life and the Canadian Cancer Society with their research and all that’s been done, what a difference 25 years have made,” said Ferns. She expressed her husband would lose his battle with Cancer.
“It makes me more determined then ever, not only to fight back, but to fight on. Encourage everyone we can win,” said Ferns. “Because if you’re fighting the battle, if someone you loved has lost the battle or is about to, don’t give up. Because if we give up, we let Cancer win and I’m determined not to let that happen.”
With the last lap, the people of Kitimat celebrated those who won their battle with cancer, remembered those which had lost.
The Colour party leads the survivors lap
The Spirit of the Kitlope present a cheque to Margaret Ferns
The Thorns out for a walk around the track