Relay For Life Supports People Living With Cancer

08 May 2012

Halifax -

Friends, families and neighbours are rallying for Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life events taking place next month in 22 locations across the province. Relay For Life funds important programs and services for the mission areas of the Canadian Cancer Society – research investment, prevention initiatives and supportive programs.

The Canadian Cancer Society Lodge That Gives is just one example of a supportive program that is primarily funded through donations. The Lodge is a place for Nova Scotians living more than 50kms away to stay while receiving cancer treatments in Halifax.

Volunteer receptionists at The Lodge That Gives understand the importance of fundraising and its direct benefits to Nova Scotians. Last year 1,170 people stayed at The Lodge which includes three meals a day, with a home cooked supper each night.

“The most important thing about The Lodge is the atmosphere: it is a welcoming, comforting place, a “home away from home,” as so many of our guests describe it,” says Ernie Manicom, volunteer receptionist at The Lodge. “Residents help each other, new friendships form and people stay in touch with each other after they return to their home. Everyone who works there is committed to making the residents’ stay as stress-free as possible,” he adds.

Last year the largest population of guests staying at The Lodge were residents of South West Nova at 22.14% followed closely by North East Nova Scotia (Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou Counties) at 22.05%.

The Lodge offers TV lounges, recreational activities, computers and wireless internet, laundry facilities and a kitchen and dining room. Some support programs offered include a volunteer hair stylist, a wig and prosthesis lending program, Reiki and Healing Touch.

“I volunteered to make things a little easier for Nova Scotians who have to come to Halifax for treatment. But I have discovered that there is something extraordinary about The Lodge,” says Ernie Manicom. “I started out thinking that I was simply helping others, and then one day I realized that working in The Lodge is a privilege and that giving my time is an honour,” he adds.

It’s not too late to register a team, volunteer or donate to a Relay For Life Team. Go to relayforlife.ca for more information about how you can support programs like The Lodge That Gives.

Note to editors:

Following are statistics of guests staying at The Lodge in 2011:
South West Nova – 22.14%
North East – 22.05%
Valley – 16.32%
Cape Breton Regional Municipality/Victoria – 14.71%
South Shore – 10.94%
Eastern – 4.96%
Other – 3.68% (on occasion people from NB, PEI and NFLD stay at The Lodge while receiving treatments)
North West – 2.74%
Central – 1.45%

About Relay For Life: Relay For Life is an overnight, non-competitive event that involves teams of participants who take turns walking or running around a track over a 12 hour period. The event opens with the Survivors’ Victory Lap, where cancer survivors kick-off the event by walking an inspirational first lap. Luminaries are lit during a moving ceremony at dusk. Their light pays tribute to loved ones and provides motivation and encouragement to participants all night long. To register, go to www.relayforlife.ca.

Last year, communities across the province made history at Relay For Life:

  • 25 communities hosted Relay events, raising $2.5 million for the fight against cancer
  • 10,257 participants made up 1,011 teams
  • over 2,370 cancer survivors celebrated by walking the Survivors’ Victory Lap
  • more than 28,410 luminaries were lit in honour or in memory of loved ones
  • 2,094 volunteers played a role in making it all happen

Money raised through Relay For Life funds the most promising cancer research, support programs for people living with cancer, comprehensive cancer information, prevention initiatives, and advocacy for healthy public policies.  

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Johnson

Communications Manager

Phone: (902) 423-6183