15th Relay for Life at Amherst Stadium on Saturday

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A community fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, more than 400 Relay for Life events were held across Canada a year ago, mostly in larger urban centres, which was the reason behind the Lockeport Relay for Life event being started in 2012. "And, you know, when the shoe fits, you wear it".

Southington's 20th annual Relay for Life celebration rose over $85,000 last weekend for the American Cancer Society.

"Three years ago, I never thought I'd be on this stage speaking to all of you, telling you about a journey that I sometimes can not even comprehend myself", said Heffernan. The money is great; it goes toward research but this is a lot more than just the money for people who volunteer. "It doesn't mean we have to empty our bank account for somebody".

With almost one in two Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and a almost 35 per cent surge in cancer cases anticipated by 2030 due to our growing and aging population, now more than ever, we need your generous support. "We need to work together".

"In 2012, I was diagnosed unexpectedly with uterine cancer at 36 years old", said Meeker.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Teams must have one participant on the track at all times. This year, Douglas County raised $147,650.80, surpassing the goal of $135,000. The first lap was walked by cancer survivors.

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She'll walk the Survivors' Victory Lap on June 15 following a yearlong drive to be cancer free. Two-time cancer survivor and longtime relay supporter Daren White is the guest speaker. "They're the reason that we are funding cancer research and these programs and services".

Survivors stand out among other participants by wearing signature purple shirts. I have made some of the best friendships because of Relay. "You'll celebrate, you'll remember, and as you're walking the track you're going to be fighting back against cancer".

After the June 19 wrap-up meeting, the Venango County Relay for Life committee will begin to plan next year's 25th anniversary event, according to Carey.

"It's very quiet and very memorable and very somber", Zeller said.

For cancer survivors, the event signifies another year of life.

"This community has just been one of the most generous, courageous communities I've seen do Relay for Life", said Brittany Donnellon, executive director of American Cancer Society.

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