Relay for Life strives to beat cancer

The Revelstoke Highland Pipe Band leads local cancer survivors on the annual Relay for Life Survivor's lap around the field at Mountain View School on Sunday. David F. Rooney photo

By David F. Rooney

With names like Wright Cause, Dazzling Divas, Team Dub, Farmer Savers and Team RBC they almost sound like teams enrolled in the Glacier Challenge, but they’re not — they are the men and women in the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, which began promptly at 10 am Sunday.

This year’s teamsare striving to raise about $14,000 for cancer research. During this non-competitive event, people take turns walking or running laps around a track for 12 hours. Each team is asked to have at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the event. Relay participants commit to raising a minimum of $100 for the Canadian Cancer Society. The average participant in British Columbia and Yukon raises $335.

“We are a movement… we are the hope,” said Bob Loeppky, who spoke at the opening of the annual event.

Moments later the Revelstoke Highland Pipe Band led dozens of cancer survivors on the traditional survivors’ lap past two rows of  Dragon Boaters saluting with their paddles.

“As we gather to honour our survivors it’s also appropriate to honour our care-givers,” and Loeppky called on everyone who has cared for a cancer patient to take their own lap around the field at Mountain View School.

Here are a few more images from the Relay for Life:

Lucky to be alive, cancer survivors celebrate with their lap around the track. David F. Rooney photo
These are our neighbours, friends and family members and the crowd that gathered at the school for the Relay for Life happily applauded them. David F. Rooney photo
Men and women and children who have helped care for a cancer patient also walked a lap. David F. Rooney photo
Many of those who joined teams, like these ladies from the Dazzling Divas, helped care for cancer patients, too. David F. Rooney photo