It is estimated that two in five Canadians will be told they have cancer in their lifetime. This is significant to us, and we are doing something about it, and you can help. Relay for Life has been a long-standing tradition here at Acadia University, as this year marks the fourteenth year students and community members will fill the athletic complex in an effort to fight back against cancer.
Relay for Life is a time for the community to come together and support one another and is also the biggest fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. In the past fourteen years Acadia University has raised over $800,000.00, which has helped the Canadian Cancer Society do four important things; lead cancer research across Canada, influence public policy to improve health the of Canadians, support cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through various programs such as the Lodge That Gives and Camp Goodtime, and engage more Canadians in the fight against cancer. This year we hope to add another $35,000.00 to that total.
Each of us has been affected by cancer in our own way, which influences why we relay, and we want you to come out on April 1st to share why you relay! This year Relay for Life at Acadia will be a six-hour event, running from six o’clock to midnight. Throughout the evening there will be many activities and snacks to keep you going, such as the always-popular bouncy castle and a dodge ball competition.
Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammate or joining in exciting trackside activities, Relay For Life is more than just a cancer walk – it’s a journey that will help many in our community and throughout Canada and we hope to see you there! If you haven’t already registered for the event, registration is still open for teams, individuals and survivors, we also encourage all cancer survivors on campus to register and join us for our survivor reception on the evening of Relay. Registration can be completed at relayforlife.ca.
If you need any more of an incentive to fundraise for a great cause, this year we are excited to announce that for every 200 dollars you raise, you will earn a ballot with your name on it for a chance to win $500.00! So grab your friends, family and neighbours, tell your story, and get out there and do some fundraising!
If you have any questions about Relay for Life here at Acadia University, the Committee will be happy to answer them and can be contacted at acadia.relayforlife.ca
We look forward to seeing you all out supporting Relay for Life on April 1s! Cancer affects us all in some way or another, let’s show our school spirit and fight back.