The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Terrebonne comes first in Canada: $556,000 raised

03 September 2013

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Media release


The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Terrebonne comes first in Canada: $556,000 raised


Terrebonne, September 3rd, 2013 — An impressive $556,000 was raised in the Les Moulins region during the 5th edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life held recently at Terrebonne, which makes this the most lucrative Relay in Canada. A first for a Quebec community! So, Terrebonne shoots all the way up to first place in the Relay For Life events, overtaking its closest competitor Prince George in British Columbia, which raised $540,000. 

On June 7, for 12 hours, more than 1,300 people divided into 145 teams (families, friends, colleagues) waked an all-night relay, braving the rain and cold, around a track on the site of the Île-des-Moulins to raise money to fight against cancer.

The initial goal (already ambitious) of $460,000 was exceeded by a large margin thanks to the dynamism of the organizing committee and its president Simon Paquin, who went to great lengths to promote the event and the collection. We owe the Ambassadors’ Club initiative to another trailblazer, André Shatskoff, honorary president. This idea has been replicated by other Relay For Life events in Quebec. This year, 50 well-known personalities from the region agreed to be ambassadors by donating $1,000 each to the Relay in addition to getting their network to contribute.

“We have always known that Terrebonne was made up of people with a soft heart who wouldn’t hesitate to rally around a cause. The Relay For Life is proof,” says Suzanne Dubois, Executive Director of the CCS – Quebec Division. “The Relay For Life is an opportunity for all those who are battling or have battled cancer to realize that they are not alone. The money collected in Terrebonne will help us fund innovative research and respond to the pressing needs of people living with cancer. I’m really happy to think that some of these projects will be partly made possible by the generosity and devotion of the citizens of Terrebonne and the Les Moulins region.”

In five years, the Relay in Terrebonne has raised more than $1.9 million. In 2013, some 50,000 walkers participated in one of the 87 Relay For Life events that took place all over Quebec and more than $13 million was raised. In Canada, nearly 400 Relays For Life have been held and to date, more than $40 million has been raised.

In 2013, several major sponsors and partners supported the Relay For Life in Terrebonne, notably the Caisse Desjardins de Terrebonne as official presenter, the Casino de Montréal, La Revue de Terrebonne, Première Moisson, IGA Extra Lavallée, MV Évènements as well as the City of Terrebonne

The Relay For Life is a celebration with 3 major objectives. celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones who are living with cancer, and fight back together against this dreaded disease. Since its very first edition in Quebec back in 2001, which helped us collect $45,000, the Relay For Life has raised more than $75 million. Today, the Relay For Life is the biggest fundraising event in the country.

Every 11 minutes, a Quebecer hears the words: “You have cancer.”

A donation to the CCS’ Relay for Life can:

-   Fund innovative research projects that save lives: to date, the CCS has invested more than 1.2 billion in this field.

-   Provide up-to-date and reliable information on cancer — more than one million requests from all over the country have been processed by the Cancer Information Service since its inception — and offer services to the community.

-   Support people touched by cancer through the comforting services offered by Cancer J’écoute and the Jacques-Cantin Lodge.

-  Create prevention programs such as the Thingamaboob to remind women about the need for regular cancer screening, SMAT (Short Messages Against Tobacco) to help young people quit smoking, the Trottibus Walking School Bus to promote walking among young children, or the Sun Squads, which, last summer, taught 36,000 young Quebecers how to protect themselves from UV rays.

-   Advocate for better laws and public policies from the government to protect Quebecers’ health. Here’s a good example in Quebec: with the support of CCS volunteers, some 60,000 signatures were gathered for a petition which led to the passage of Bill 74 to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning. The Act to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning came into force on February 11, 2013.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. All these years, we have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support people touched by the disease. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. To know more about cancer, visit our website at or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.


André Beaulieu, Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society – Quebec Division | 514 393-3444