Shaunavon set to kick off fight against cancer

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The Shaunavon Relay For Life 2014 committee will be officially launching their Relay For Life today at 5:30pm at the Grand Coteau Centre in Shaunavon.

The Relay for Life launch will be held in the basement of the Grand Coteau Centre from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as a come and go celebration. Chili on a bun will be served throughout the event and donations will be graciously accepted.  All proceeds will go to the Shaunavon Relay For Life and the Canadian Cancer Society.

“We want people to come out and enjoy some chili and punch supper with us and find out what the Shaunavon Relay for Life is all about,” said Kathy Towle, who is co-chairing this year’s relay with Helen Fauchon. “It will be a great opportunity to register a team, register as a survivor, register as a volunteer, or buy a luminary. The committee will be there to answer questions and help with whatever people need. The launch is a wonderful opportunity for community members to come and discovery more about Relay For Life as well as learn how they can get involved.”

In 2013, a total of 19 Relay For Life events were held across Saskatchewan with over 75,000 participants. These Relay For Life events raised over $2 million.  These life-saving funds have helped the Canadian Cancer Society lead cancer research to better prevent cancer, influence public policy for quality cancer care everywhere in Canada, focus support programs towards the crucial needs of patients and caregivers, and engage more Canadians in the fight against cancer.

On Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m., teams of six to 15 people will gather together at Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre for an unforgettable overnight journey. The participants who attend will be joining a global movement that brings together more than 200,000 people throughout Canada each year. This inspiring event involves people who participate in a 12-hour, overnight, non-competitive relay. It’s a night to celebrate cancer survivors, honor and remember loved ones, and a way for each of us to fight back against cancer.

"Let’s make this Relay a Relay to remember,” added Towle. “Together, we can find a cure!”

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Organizations: Shaunavon Relay For Life 2014 committee, Grand Coteau Centre, Canadian Cancer Society Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre

Geographic location: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan

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