Queens County Relay for Life
08 June 2012
Amanda Gordon and her daughter Claire just after Amanda crossed the finish line of the Survivors’ Victory Lap at the Queens County Relay For Life
RELAY FOR LIFE
When Amanda Gordon took part in the Relay For Life Friday night in Charlottetown, she had first hand knowledge of what it’s like to fight back against cancer. The 26-year-old Crapaud resident is a cancer survivor.
This time last year, in June 2011, Amanda Gordon was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Her baby daughter, Claire, was only five months old at the time. Gordon knew she had a lot to live for but it wasn't an easy battle. She underwent months of intensive and difficult treatment.
“I knew I would do what ever I had to do to win this fight because I want to see my baby girl grow up,” says Gordon. “ There was no point in being angry or sad, I just focused on getting well so I can be here for our daughter.”
Fifteen month old Claire, as well as her father Brad Gordon, were both there cheering on Gordon as she walked the track at Red Shores during the 12-hour event.
Not only did Amanda Gordon and her mother, Donna MacArthur, walk the Victory Lap with more than a hundred other cancer survivors, they brought along a whole team of supporters. Gordon herself was one of the top on-line fundraisers and her team, “Hot for a Cure”, raised more than $5000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
More than sixty teams took park in the Canadian Cancer Society’s premier fund raising event. The Relay for Life at Red Shores Raceway in Charlottetown is one of five relays held across the province this spring. . The event ran through the night from 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 8th to 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
“It is inspiring to see so many people come together for such an important cause,” says Lori Barker, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division
“We all know people whose lives have been touched by cancer. While survival rates continue to improve, mortality rates in this province are among the highest in Canada,” says Barker.
It is estimated that 880 new cases will be diagnosed this year on P.E.I. and that 380 Islanders will lose their battle to this disease.
“These statistics are more than just numbers,” says Barker. “They represent people’s lives. Moreover, we all know a cancer diagnosis impacts more than just one individual. It also affects the person’s friends and loved ones. That’s why we are working hard to prevent cancer and reduce mortality rates. Money raised at Relay For Life will help us accomplish that goal here on PEI.”
Relay for Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature event that honours people who have survived cancer, remembers those who we've lost and raises money to help win the fight against cancer. Proceeds from Relay for Life fund leading-edge cancer research across Canada and support community services that help people living with cancer on Prince Edward Island.
Two more Relay for Life events will be held on the Island, one at Westisle Composite High School on June 15th and the season finale at the Old Brudenell Provincial Park in Kings County on June 22nd. You can still register a team or support a participant at www.relayforlife.ca
For more information, please contact:
Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division,
902-566-4007 / cell 218-6385
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.