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Kensington Family Awarded For Community Spirit

19 May 2016

Charlottetown, PE -

Kensington family awarded for community spirit

On April 28th at Government House, a Kensington family also known as ‘Ramsay’s Spirit of Christmas’, were awarded for their contributions to changing cancer forever.

The family consists of 11 siblings, 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. They include Ramsay’s, Hackett’s, Williams’, Barlow’s and Murray’s. Together they have raised more than $60,000 for Relay For Life since they formed the Ramsay’s Spirit of Christmas team in 2007. In addition to raising significant funds, the award from the Canadian Cancer Society PEI recognizes the group for promoting health in their community and acting as a role model for other Relay For Life teams.

For this fun-loving family, Relay is a time and place to be together to celebrate and remember the life of an amazing woman who touched all of their lives. Hazel Ramsay, the matriarch, passed away on Christmas Day in 1974 at the age of 46 from Leukemia. A life taken much too young and leaving behind a large family to be raised by one parent. Whether you are meeting one of the Ramsay’s or all of them, you can’t help but see this is a tightknit clan who value every moment they get to share with each other.

According to Brenda Ramsay, they fundraise for Relay so they can give to a cause that prevents other families from losing a loved one. “We want to let moms continue to be moms and grandmas continue to hug their grandchildren- something our mom never got to do.”

Today the 5-year survival rate for leukemia is twice what it was in 1974. At that time just under 30% percent of Canadians diagnosed with leukemia would have survived five years or more, today about 60% do. This difference has been made possible by funding research.

“Relay For Life started out as way to remember and honour our mom and it has turned into one of our favorite family traditions!” explains Brenda. “Family and friends come from all over to pitch in with fundraising and then to celebrate and have fun on the night of the big event. The little ones look forward to it every year.”

The Ramsay’s organize a number of fundraisers each year including a well-known yard sale that takes place this year at St. Eleanors Fire Hall from 8 am to 1 pm on May 21st. When Relay day rolls around, they will be geared- up in team costumes and a decked- out campsite.

Relay For Life is the Island’s largest annual fundraiser in the fight against ALL cancers. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate in a Relay For Life. There will be five events taking place across the Island this June. Registration is taking place now. To find out more visit www.relayforlife.ca or call 1-866-566-4007.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance 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.


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For more information, please contact:
Marlene Mulligan
Communications Officer
Canadian Cancer Society PEI
Email: mmulligan@pei.cancer.ca
Office: 902-566-1713 ext 2234
Mobile: 403-703-1059