Islanders Join the 2011 Relay For Life

08 February 2011

Charlottetown -

Today the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life held its launches for the Queens County and Kings County events. Islanders came out to register for the 2011 Relay For Life events in their community and to learn more about the impact of life saving cancer research. 

“We are really excited for the 2011 Relay For Life season in PEI,” says James Aylward, chair of the Queen’s County Event. “Each year we see more and more Islanders coming to the many events across PEI and joining us in the fight against cancer. We are sure this; the 10th anniversary of Relay For Life on PEI will be another great success.”

At the launch, Dr. David Malkin spoke about his ongoing research into identifying a genetic mutation that plays a major role in the outcome of a rare pediatric brain cancer (choroid plexus carcinoma). The finding means that radiation treatment is not necessary for some young patients, who can be spared its devastating side-effects. In his presentation he highlighted that this and other research that is directly helping people; in fact more and more Canadians are surviving cancer than before.

“It is the support and hard work of the teams and volunteers from Relay For Life events across Canada that help make this research possible,” says Malkin. “With your continued support we will keep learning more about cancer and continue to make progress in this fight.”

2011 will be the 10th Anniversary of Relay For Life on Prince Edward Island. There will be six events for Islanders to participate in. The first will take place March 11th at the University of Prince Edward Island.  Following that, events will take place in Prince County on May 13th, Kensington Intermediate High School on June 3rd, Kings County on June 11th, Westisle Composite High School on June 17th and Queens County on June 24th.

The 2010 Relay For Life was a great community success in PEI. Over 600 cancer survivors, close to 386 volunteers and over 2,900 Islanders participated in the event. Island-wide over 210 teams helped to raise over $530,000. Proceeds raised from Relay For Life are used to support important cancer research, provide programs and services for cancer patients here in PEI and support prevention and advocacy initiatives.

Relay For Life is a signature event of the Canadian Cancer Society.  It is an overnight non-competitive community event to honour people who have survived cancer, remember those we have lost and fight back against the disease. Teams of 10 to 15 people raise funds and take part in the event together. Participants take turns walking, running or strolling around a track and celebrate the courage of those who have faced cancer. Team members camp on the grounds of the track and join in a night of fun, friendship and fundraising to fight cancer.  To register a team visit www.RelayForLife.ca.

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:

Gail MacDonald

Relay For Life Coordinator

Phone: 902-566-4007