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REPORTING · 4th June 2014
Walter McFarlane
The 15th relay for life began at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 31st with the survivor’s lap. The goal of the Relay is to raise money for Cancer Research and fight the disease. The theme of the relay was ‘back to the 80s.’ There were activities for the children. There were events and performers going on throughout the 12 hour event. 25 registered teams had a member on the track for the event.

“By walking the track this weekend, we’re joining forces with 3 and a half million people worldwide who want to save lives. Together, we are creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Michel Voyer.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan was also on hand to thank the organizers and the participants. “I doubt there is anyone here whose life hasn’t been touched by Cancer, whether it is a family member, a friend or a co-worker. Everyone has made a commitment to fight Cancer and every dollar raised today counts,” said Monaghan.

“The Relay for Life gives us an opportunity to remember those that we’ve lost, they’re never far from our hearts,” said Voyer. “We remember with every step as we walk around the track and they remind us to keep going. We gaze at the Luminaries and remember the father, mother, sister, brother, son or daughter or friend. Remembering them helps us remember what brings us here.”

It was announced that Kitimat raised about $115,000 to fight against Cancer at the Relay for Life.

The day ended with a luminary ceremony, to Amazing Grace sung by Sarah Kirwin. Voyer thanked all the people who helped out with the Relay for Life and encouraged the people who were present to take a few more laps of the track to remember their loved ones before the event came to a close.