Strength and tears

‘Outlaw Cancer’ was the theme of this year’s Relay for Life, the last time the event will be held in Campbell River.

The 2016 Relay for Life began with a survivor’s lap and a paddle salute at the Phoenix school track.

Plaid shirts and jeans aren’t the normal attire of people walking for six hours, but this year’s ‘Outlaw Cancer’ theme at the Relay for Life had everyone in their best western gear, minus the cowboy boots.

Though already warm on the beautiful Friday afternoon, the participants at the Relay for Life did some line dancing to kickstart the evening of awareness, celebration and remembrance.

The 14th annual, but last ever, walk started with the survivors, dressed in yellow, walking through a paddle salute to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.”

The rest of the participants soon followed suite, collecting a bead for each lap they completed around the track at Phoenix middle school.

The total at the end of the night was $29,800 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Next year the Relay for Life crew will be trying a different fundraiser in hopes of re-engaging the community.

Sally Feast and her granddaughter Kyla White were two of many enjoying the sunshine and the supportive community.

 

The particpants danced to warm up before hitting the track.