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Youth Relay for Life to be held in Saugeen Shores

March 24, 2016
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 Since 2009, Saugeen Shores Relay For Life community events have raised over $715,000 to help local patients and their families living with more than 200 different types of cancer.

These funds raised have helped pay for life-saving research, support services and other important work, so that fewer Canadians are touched by the disease.

This year, the Canadian Cancer Society is excited to announce that we’re bringing our first Relay For Life Youth event to Saugeen Shores.

Relay For Life Youth events are like a party with a purpose; they bring communities closer together and empower young people to become local leaders in the fight against cancer.

This signature event is taking place on June 2nd at Saugeen District Secondary School, and is being led by an enthusiastic and organized student committee. Relay For Life Youth is not only a great way to empower young adults and provide great leadership skills, but in 2015, Relay For Life Youth events at schools across Ontario raised nearly $4 million in the fight back against cancer.

Relay For Life has brought the Saugeen Shores community together over a common cause for eight years now, and that experience is now being shared with high school students in the area. Cancer Survivor and Saugeen Shores resident Joyce Garnett speaks to the importance of community in events such as Relay For Life.

 “It really shows you how everyone is there to support you during your time of need,” Joyce says. “I even made friends with the other clients who were having cancer treatments at the same time as me, and the drivers were terrific, friendly and comforting,” Joyce explains, referring to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope transportation program and volunteer drivers that took her to all cancer-related appointments.

Dollars raised through Relay For Life help fund the Wheels of Hope transportation program across Grey Bruce, where volunteer drivers traveled more than 749,000 kilometres in 2015, taking 418 local cancer patients to their treatments and appointments.

The Canadian Cancer Society is supporting schools every step of the way and, while we won’t be hosting traditional Community Relay event in Saugeen Shores this year, we’re counting on the dedication and passionate support from your community to make Youth Relay a success.

You can support the Relay For Life Youth event by investing in these young cancer fighters’ fundraising efforts, or offering to assist on the day of their event

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If you are interested in becoming involved in other Canadian Cancer Society events in the Saugeen Shores area, there are many opportunities available, based on your time and interests:

  •  April is Daffodil Month, and volunteers will be spending a few hours of their time to collect donations for Daffodil Pins at local grocery stores, retail outlets and the post office.

  • Heroes For Hope shave offs and community barbeques will take place in June and are looking for people to help run the events, or cut their hair.

  • Mudmoiselle is an obstacle course stretching over five kilometres of Canada’s muckiest, filthiest, slimiest mud and most scenic views at the former Talisman ski resort. Mudmoiselle is a team activity where participants take down cancer together - because cancer fights dirty, but so do we. If you’re interested in taking part as a participant or a volunteer, please visit www.mudmoiselle.ca  .

To learn more about how you can support the Relay For Life Youth event in Saugeen Shores, or take part in another community fundraising event with the Canadian Cancer Society, call 1.800.430.6228 or 519.376.6011.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888 939-3333 or visit www.cancer.ca .


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