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Relay for Life: uniting for a common cause

The Canadian Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser, Relay for Life, kicks off tomorrow night
Teams dressed up in fun costumes at last year’s Relay for Life to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. This year's event takes place tomorrow evening into Sunday morning at the Sportsplex.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser, Relay for Life, kicks off tomorrow night.

This year the venue and the day has changed but the meaning behind the event is still the same.

Participants will celebrate cancer survivors, remember and honour loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back for a future without cancer.

Teams will gather on the lower ballfield at the Sportsplex from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. and take turns walking or running laps around the field for 12 hours. Each team must have at least one member on the track at all times.

The evening kicks off with inspiring speeches followed by a warm-up routine. Cancer survivors will have their own special lap around the track.

As twilight falls (10 p.m.) the Luminary Ceremony takes place. This is a time to remember loved ones fighting cancer and to honour loved ones who have died from the disease.

The luminaries are candles placed in decorated bags with the names of cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle with cancer. The luminaries are placed around the relay track.

Luminaries may be purchased at the track for $5 each and must contain a donated non-perishable food item. The food inside the luminary bags will be donated to the Campbell River food bank.

Relay for Life participants can enjoy a food court, free photo booth, music by the Voices Three and Switchback, a 5 a.m. dance party with Stereo Fitness, and disc golf.