IDCI Relay for Life hailed a success

Grant Boone
June 4, 2018

A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, this year's Relay lived up to its theme of "Rollin" Out a Cure" as rock "n' roll music blared from numerous team tents and selfies with rock stars from Elvis Presley to Gene Simmons of KISS were plentiful. Attendees honor cancer survivors but remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

The numbers had fallen in recent editions and the Canadian Cancer Society has undergone quite a few changes over the last few years.

Several event-goers knew people who died from cancer or are survivors themselves.

After the Relay for Life victory lap and march through town by survivors and their supporters, participants lit luminaries.

Amber St. Hilaire who holds many jobs including Social Media/Publicity Chair stated, "Relay for Life of New Fairfield is a family, coming together to celebrate life and support one another". They have been a huge supporter of the relay over the years. Event organizers say the move was well received by the community.

The funds raised from the events will support Canada's most promising cancer research, as well as the support services for local patients and their families. Her sister, Marie, is a 22-year breast cancer survivor, but Barresi's had two sisters pass away, less than two years apart, from lung cancer.

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Cancer survivors and caregivers gather for a pre-event photo.

For the relay, each team was given a baton, the idea being that at least one member be walking on the track at any given time, the symbolism being that no one is facing cancer alone.

Russell's wife has been diagnosed with cancer five times.

At this year's Relay for Life, there will be an inspirational Brandon, Manitoba resident, Shyloh Brownlee, to share her story and her experiences. "I was prepared to fight this battle as soon as it hit me". I don't have the energy I did, but here, at Relay For Life, I feel so good.

"To join the relay event each student had to raise a minimum of $100 plus additional donations that could have been collected online and in person", said Barnes.

"My life just turned upside down at that moment", she said. Nicole Larko said the committee heard Burchell on the radio and asked her via Facebook if she would come sing.

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