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Get to know Relay For Life through one team's experience

For Rose Cristofaro, her reasons to participate in Relay For Life have changed over the years. She first signed up to help raise funds to fight a disease that impacted people she knew. But when her father was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, she turned to the Relay community for support and inspiration.

“I have seen firsthand how many people are fighting against this disease every day. I am thankful for the Canadian Cancer Society and how they support so many people affected by cancer. I am thankful for my family and friends who support me in many ways through their love, prayers and helping us with our fundraising. I know that no one can do it alone and so, I Relay,” explains Rose.

Rose is a proud member of the Super Karate Monkeys team, the first team that the Society has ever designated as a Relay For Life Ambassador Team. This year, we introduced the Ambassador Team to help us put a real face to the many sides of Relay, including survivorship, teamwork and fundraising success.

The Super Karate Monkeys have been proudly participating in Relay For Life since 2000. Their team is made up of a passionate group of friends, co-workers and family members who join together each year to raise funds to fight a disease that has impacted each of their lives.

Lucy, another dedicated member of the team, proudly walks the track each year in honour of her father and friends who have been touched by the disease. And, in spite of being a busy working mother of three energetic boys, she has committed her time to becoming a leadership volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. Together with dedicated Team Captain, David, Lucy has led the Super Karate Monkeys through 12 years of fun, friendship and fundraising.

As our Ambassador Team, the Super Karate Monkeys share their stories, advice and passion though our special Relay For Life blog to help inspire others to join them on the track to celebrate, remember and fight back.

Beginning in 1999, Canadians from coast to coast have joined a global movement against cancer by participating in Relay For Life. Each year, thousands of people – friends, families, co-workers and cancer survivors – unite for one night for one common cause. Together, teams fundraise to help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives and support those who are facing cancer now.

At Relay, teams gather with cancer survivors at their local track, stadium or sports field and take turns walking laps all night. Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing.

To learn more about Relay For Life, register a team or make a donation, visit

Many Relay For Life teams are made up of co-workers from a variety of companies across the province. To learn how your company or industry can get involved in Relay by entering teams or becoming a sponsor, visit Companies Fight Back.

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