Beach venue added to Relay for Life

Harrison Hot Springs hosts 2012 cancer fundraiser with beachfront relay

There are three local venues for the Relay for Life this year, including the beach at Harrison Lake.

This spring, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is coming to Harrison Hot Springs, and early bird registration is available until January 31.

Relay For Life is about teams working together to save more lives, says Tim Dixon, Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life Coordinator .

“This year, we are asking the community to come together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones and fight back against all cancers.”

The Canadian Cancer Society Harrison Hot Springs Relay For Life will be held at the Harrison Beach and Lagoon on Saturday, June 2.

“We are inviting individuals to volunteer on the organizing committee, register a team, or as a participant, join the Survivor Victory Lap, or sign up as an event day volunteer.  There is something for everyone who wants to get involved in the fight back against cancer,” says Tim Dixon, “If you would like to find out more, call us at 604-79-3323, email: harrisonrelay@bc.cancer.ca or drop by Tuesday January 17 at 7 p.m., at the Memorial Hall for more information at our open house.”

Each participant who registers by January 31 pays the reduced entrance fee of $10 and gets automatically entered into a BC/Yukon wide draw to win an iPad.

Teams of all ages take turns walking around the lagoon for 12 hours overnight, and participate in the variety of entertainment and activities throughout the event.

“Relay isn’t an athletic event,” says Tim, “It’s a fun, non-competitive and fulfilling experience for all ages, that brings together family, friends, coworkers and communities to fight back against cancer.  I hope you will consider joining us this year!”

Other nearby venues include Prospera Centre in Chilliwack and at the Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford. The Chilliwack venue is indoor, and had to be moved due to construction at the usual location, Chilliwack senior secondary.

 

 

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About the relay

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is an inspiring event that brings together more than 200,000 people throughout Canada to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against cancer.

Relay brings people in your community together who have a common goal of fighting cancer. Join in this inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour or 24-hour event.

Relay begins with a celebration of courageous cancer survivors taking the inaugural Victory Lap that sends a message that there is always hope. There is time during Relay when participants take a moment to remember cherished loved ones in a moving luminary ceremony.

Dixon says participants relay because they have been affected by cancer and desperately want to put an end to suffering and loss caused by this disease. Cancer prevention has the most potential to save lives. Fight back by making a personal commitment to improve your health, the health of your family and your community.

Funds raised at Relay are used to fight all cancers by investing in the best cancer research, influence change through our advocacy efforts to create healthier environments and help individuals reduce their risk of cancer, empower Canadians with reliable, up-to-date information and provide a range of support programs to people living with cancer, including family members and caregivers.

In 2011, the Relay For Life in British Columbia & Yukon included more than 14,800 participants in 49 events. Over 2,400 cancer survivors celebrated by walking the Survivors’ Victory Lap. Over 14,500 luminaries were lit in honour or in memory of loved ones, encorporated almost 3,000 volunteers and raised $5.2 million.

For event details or more information visit www.relaybc.ca/harrisonhotsprings2012

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit www.cancer.ca or call their toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333