Relay for Life has morphed into a global quest to unite, inform, honour, and fight back against cancer. In 2016 there were more than 330 Relay events that took place across Canada, and more than 5,000 Relays that happened in more than 20 countries globally!
The goal of Relay For Life is to raise funds and awareness. 90% of all monies raised by Relay is put back into maintaining our 7, unique and necessary community support programs, that improve the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers, and towards funding cancer research projects that work to improve cancer survival rates, and decrease the incidence of cancer.
Relay is a community based, non-competitive, team fundraiser, where participants take turns walking around a track or designated path, passing a baton. The event is team focused to demonstrate that no one battles cancer alone. The Toronto event is 6 hours in length, and each team is asked to have at least one member on the track, at all times, to signify that cancer never sleeps.
The esteemed guests of honour at Relay are always the ‘warrior cancer survivors’, and their families, friends and caregivers. We celebrate their courage and life with the Survivor’s Lap, which always begins Relay.
We also celebrate and commemorate those cancer warriors who have lost their battle through the Luminaries Ceremony, often referred to as the Ceremony of Hope. Luminaries are glowing tributes to those who we have lost to cancer, and to those who are currently fighting cancer. They symbolize hope, courage and honour. Moreover, many ‘warrior cancer survivors’ choose to inspire us with their words throughout the day.
If you wish to participate in Toronto’s Relay for Life 2017, you can do so using this link http://convio.cancer.ca . Alternatively, you can call, Jennifer Masters, Volunteer, ‘Survivors Engagemnt’ Team Lead, at 647-500-9793 or at firstname.lastname@example.org