With the 2015 theme of ‘A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N’ Roll, the annual Relay for Life will be starting at 7:00 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Sports Complex, Rocky DiPietro Field and 400 metre Track, and John Rhodes Community Centre is the home to the 15th Annual Sault Ste. Marie, Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society.
At Relay For Life in 2015, participants will pass the baton as they walk the track. Also new for 2015, participants will have the opportunity to attend pre-event walking sessions led by a fun, energetic walking crew. Participants will be encouraged to set a distance goal for the event (e.g. 1 lap to 10K) on an individual or team basis.
Money raised through Relay For Life helps patients and their families living with cancer through research, support and information services. In 2014 over 850 participants raised over $232,000 for the Sault Relay For Life. The 2015 fundraising goal for the Sault Ste. Marie Relay is $270,000.
What is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is a community fundraising event where Canadians across the country join together in the fight against cancer. In 2014, nearly 400 Relays took place across Canada.
What happens at Relay?
Relay participants walk or run together around a track or path at a local school, park or fairground, passing a baton to their fellow participants and working together toward one common goal the fight against cancer.
The first Relay For Life event in Canada was held in 1999 and raised $85,000. Since then, Relay For Life has raised over $496.5 million for cancer research and support programs.
Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.
Relay For Life continues to be the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest and most important fundraising event, helping us have more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, across Canada.
Money raised through Relay For Life helps patients and their families living with cancer through research, support and information services. In 2014 over 850 participants raised over $232,000 for the Sault Relay For Life.
- The 2015 fundraising goal for the Sault Ste. Marie Relay is $270,000.
• Over 400 Relay For Life events took place across Canada.
• Over $40 million was raised.
• Each participant raised an average of almost $300.
• Teams raised an average of over $2000.
• 128,734 Canadians participated on 13,833 teams.
• 22,217 people volunteered.
• 28,296 people celebrated their survival at Relay
The community is invited to come out and cheer on walkers, and relay-for-lifers.
The list of registered teams on the Relay for Life Website as of Thursday, June 18th is as follows: (http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR?fr_id=17768&pg=entry&s_locale=en_CA)
ADCP Cancer Crushers
Team Captain: Sarah Proulx
Agero Road Angels
Team Captain: Tammy Flammia-Morin
Arauco Cancer Fighters
Team Captain: Tony Garofalo