"This year, we'll be investing money in Kleenex," laughs Kathleen Soucy, co-ordinator of the Eastern District of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The society's annual fundraising event, Relay For Life, will take begin tomorrow evening (June 11) and run until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.This year's event promises to be both a successful and emotional event, says Kathleen
"I get choked up just talking about it," she
says."There's not one of us who hasn't been affected by cancer in some form.It's important that people know it celebrates people surviving cancer and is a tribute to those who haven't made it."
The Relay For Life, a 12-hour overnight event, provides hope and motivation for people who are touched by the disease each day."No one should feel they should go through it alone," says Kathleen
."Cancer affects young and old, sick and healthy."
Fifty three teams in the Moncton area will participate it tomorrow night's events, a number that thrills organizers."Last year we had 42 teams and this year, we've expanded into the Shediac area and they'll have a team of over 40, so in the last year, we've been able to double our participant level which is just great," says Kathleen
."We're really increasing here in the province."
Jeanita Cormier is proof of this.A cancer survivor herself, Jeanita joined the relay three years ago when she
moved to Grande Digue."I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29 and I'm 48 now," she
says."Since that time, I've been doing quite a number of things for cancer it's my way of saying thanks."
"It's an event that's very emotional, but it's a beautiful emotional," she
"The relay is an extremely personal event," says Kathleen
."The Luminary Ceremony, where we place candles around the track in honour of those who've lost their battle, is really neat.This year, we hope to have 3,500 candles lit," she
"People who are affected by cancer, they're the ones that motivate us," says Kathleen
."When I see them furthering cancer research, community programs how can I not work my butt off?"she