Central Alberta’s Relay for Life event is June 15 in Red Deer.
Beverley Beckley, a Blackfalds resident, has been taking part in the annual event since 2017. This year would be no different.
The woman is dedicated to the cause after losing some family members. Some years, she shaves her head to raise awareness. The experience is rewarding and also a conversational starter.
Beckley lost her aunt and her husband and another uncle to pancreatic and colon cancer when she was in her 20s. She remembers even today how the community came together to support the family during a time in need. That’s why she supports the cause even today.
She agrees cancer is very common today. When the former Red Deer resident is out and about, she often meets people who are battling cancer directly or know someone in their family or friends who are having a tough time.
That’s when she talks to them about the supports available and the annual Relay for Life events that take place across Canada.
Relay is more than a fundraiser. It’s a chance to come together and celebrate the survivors in our communities, who send a powerful message of hope for those living with the disease.
Beckley said given how common cancer is today, it is even more important to dedicate resources to research, raise awareness and money for people struggling with it everyday.
Last year Central Alberta Relay for Life event raised about $45,000. The goal this year is $50,000.
Relay For Life runs from noon to midnight at CrossRoads Church this year. The Survivors’ Victory Lap is the first lap for all Relay For Life events. After that the organization asks one member of your team on the track at all times.
For more information visit www.relayforlife.ca/centralalberta