Relay For Life unites Halifax in the fight against cancer

05 June 2013

Halifax -

Excitement is mounting for haligonians registered in the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay For Life in Halifax. With just a few days before the event gets underway final preparations are being made to ensure the celebration, being hosted at the Emera Oval on Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., is one that leaves a lasting impact on the community.

“If past years are any indication, participants can expect to be laughing with joy, brought to tears and moved to action,” said Lisa Schnare, co-chair of the organizing committee. “We want people to be actively fighting back against cancer long after Relay is over.”

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Relay For Life in Halifax, and no one is more excited about the event than Schnare.

“I can’t wait to see the event unfold. I’m especially excited about the luminary ceremony. Once night falls and the luminaries outlining the oval are lit, participants will honour cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer. The oval is such a public place that even people passing by on the street will be impacted by the ceremony,” said Schnare. “I’m also looking forward to meeting the members of the Dream Team, and thanking them for their incredible fundraising efforts.”

The Relay For Life Dream Team brought together nine business and community leaders for one common goal: to fight cancer by raising $90,000.  All funds raised by Relay will be used to support advocacy projects, services for Nova Scotians facing a cancer diagnosis and ground-breaking research.

Schnare was introduced to the Society while studying at Nova Scotia Community College. Her class organized the daffodil campaign in Sackville and it sparked her love of volunteering. Since that time she has been involved in a number of initiatives.

“The Canadian Cancer Society is particularly important to me because my grandfather died of cancer when I was 11. Then my dad and his brother were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Two years later they are cancer free. But my uncle underwent hormone therapy as part of his treatment, and when I learned it was developed here in Nova Scotia it reinforced the fact that the work we are doing is having a huge impact on the lives of Nova Scotians.”

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:

Marie-France Leblanc

Director of Marketing and Communications Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: (902) 423-6183