A breast cancer survivor shares the impact of Relay For Life
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Every time Lianne returned to Relay, she was reminded of why she first joined – to remember and honour her dad. Throughout her 25 years of participating, it also became a way for her to send a message of hope to those with cancer, support other survivors and help make lasting change for people across the country.
With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we all know someone whose life has been changed by it. As a survivor, Lianne knows first-hand the impact cancer can have – and how Relay can provide hope and make big difference for those affected by the disease.
“Since I started participating 25 years ago, we’ve come a long way – but people with cancer still need our support,” says Lianne. “It’s more important than ever to raise awareness and fundraise so that we can continue making progress and see more participants wearing yellow survivor t-shirts year after year.”
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Every year, Relay For Life participants come together to make a difference for Canadians affected by cancer – like Lianne. While COVID-19 may have changed our world this year, we can still show our support.
On June 13, 2020, Canadians across the country will unite for Relay At Home – a reimagined way to participate in Relay For Life online. With interactive activities, time to honour survivors and remember those we’ve lost, this virtual fundraising event will bring communities together like never before.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people affected by cancer need our support more than ever. Since the outbreak began, there has been significant demand for our live chat services, toll-free Cancer Information Helpline and peer support services, like CancerConnection.ca. These programs help people find community and connection from the comfort and safety of their own home. Funds raised through Relay At Home will help us continue to provide these vital programs and ensure that Canadians affected by cancer get the support they need – now and all year round.
“When communities come together, we can make a huge difference for people affected by cancer. I know from first-hand experience,” shares Lianne. “Even though Relay is taking place online this year as Relay At Home, communities can still unite from afar and show support.”
Join Relay At Home and help us prove that community is bigger than cancer.