The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life raises $12 million to save more lives

11 July 2016

Montreal -

The 2016 edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life raised $12,005,177 across Quebec to help save more lives through prevention, research and support.

“More than $12 million was raised in the 94 Relay For Life events which took place across Quebec in the past weeks. This great success is a vote of confidence from Quebecers in the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). The amount raised will allow us to find more concrete solutions to fight against all cancers, says Suzanne Dubois, Executive Direction, CCS – Quebec Division. Thanks to volunteers, participants and donors. Thanks also to the cities and villages that continue to support us year after year. Without them, it would be impossible to raise such an impressive sum which represents 45% of the annual revenue of the CCS in Quebec.”


The Relay For Life is a 12-hour walk by night to celebrate life in spite of cancer, remember people touched by the disease and fight back together to save more lives. It’s an exceptional moment, a night shared with family, friends and colleagues in which we can show our support tangibly to those we love who are living with cancer.

Close to 32,000 Quebecers, 7,450 survivors, 7,000 volunteers and thousands of visitors took part in this year’s edition of the CCS’s Relay For Life. It symbolizes and throws light on what a person living with cancer goes through. For all those who have to face this disease, the walk is long and sometimes difficult. They must sometimes go the distance alone, sometimes with a team, sometimes in silence, sometimes with laughter and joy. A night to fight against all cancers!

Since its first edition in Quebec in 2001, Relay For Life has raised more than $126 million.

Relay to save more lives

The Canadian Cancer Society aims to reduce the number of cancer cases as well as the number of cancer related deaths, and enhance the quality of life of people living with the disease. With the support of 300,000 donors annually and 30,000 volunteers, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the Quebec cancer charity that has the greatest potential to save more lives.

Each year, one million Quebecers turn to it for help. The CCS is doing all it can to increase the overall cancer survival rate, which is currently 63%, to 80%.

The money raised by the Relay For Life helps:
  • prevent more cancers and push for laws that protect public health
  • fund more research projects
  • support more people living with cancer

Let’s save more lives. Visit or call us at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444