This year, I'm Relaying in honour of my sister, Jill, who was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019 and has been through surgery and going strong! As well, for my cousin, Mary, who continues to survive her CML cancer every day. For my sister-in-law, who chose prevention surgery due to the BRCA genetic mutation which could cause deadly ovarian and breast cancers, and for my Aunt Alanna who is a survivor of breast cancer as well.
I Relay for all those who are facing their cancer journey, like my colleague Dylan who is currently in treatment for his second bout with cancer and in his 20s. I also Relay to remember all the friends and family who have succumbed to cancer over the years, especially a best friend, Michelle, who passed away from lung cancer at just 41 years of age within a month of diagnosis. Especially for Mary's brother and my cousin, Kevin, who passed away from AML a few years ago too. Grandmother, Grandfather, Uncle Mel, Larry, Uncle Ray and Auntie Julie, Libby, Callum, and everyone gone way too soon because of cancer.
I'm proud to work for the CCS, they are the largest, national charitable funder of all cancers research. This means they have a unique opportunity to leverage donations and make the donor dollars work harder, and fund the most promising cancer research. My hope is that the donation you provide is the one that helps researchers get to more cures down the road, or to make life better for someone facing cancer today through better treatments or to have support services when they need it.
Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That means HALF of our family and friends will hear the words “you have cancer” at some point in their lives; unfortunately, some might hear it more than once. Please join me in taking action to help create a world where no Canadian has to fear this disease.
I’m determined to make a difference by participating in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life in Kingston 2020. This is a nationwide event that brings people together to celebrate survivors, honour those we’ve lost and show that no one has to face cancer alone. By making a donation, you can help fund Canada’s most promising research, vital support services for patients and their families, and other important work that could change the future of cancer.
I hope you’ll show your support, and if you have the capacity that you will help me reach my fundraising goal.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Relay At Home - it was a huge success! If you were unable to take part in the live event or if you want to relive the Relay magic, you can still watch it on Facebook. Our website will be accepting online donations until August 13. Keep fundraising to support the thousands of Canadians facing cancer during this time. Thank you for your support of the Canadian Cancer Society.