Sabrina shares her Relay For Life experience with everyone, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

23 May 2018

This 22-year-old cancer survivor knows what brings her back to Relay each year.Sabrina Moreino's cancer journey started when she was 13. She was sent for an ultrasound after a night of unbearable abdominal pain and a trip to the local emergency room. The ultrasound found a tumour on her right ovary and surgery revealed that the tumour was an extremely rare type of cancer that had ruptured and spread all over her body. She began chemotherapy shortly afterwards.

After months of treatment, Sabrina received a clean bill of health. When she found out her father’s band was going to be performing at a local Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life event, she decided to tag along. What she experienced that day was nothing remotely close to what she had expected.

“I didn’t expect it to be as emotional as it was,” explained Sabrina. “Walking around the track, it amazed me to see all of the kind faces and people clapping for strangers. Everyone was so supportive, it was an unreal and amazing experience.”

In 2011, Sabrina and her friends put together a team named Moreino’s Military. They attend Relay For Life dressed in military outfits and raised over $6,000. For Sabrina, being able to participate in the event with her friends is special, as they were there to support her throughout her battle with cancer.

This year, as an ambassador for CCS, Sabrina presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with daffodils in honour of Daffodil Month, and she's looking forward to Relay For Life season once again. She attends at least one Relay For Life event every year, where she sings the national anthem. “Relay For Life is an amazing cause that one cannot fully understand until you attend. Try it once and you will instantly want to come back, year after year.”

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