With an aim to keep a good thing going, the 2013 Red Deer Relay For Life launched on Tuesday.
The 12th local iteration of the Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser will take place on June 14 and 15. Last year’s event saw approximately 50 teams participating and $230,000 raised for cancer research, support programs, prevention initiatives and advocacy.
The Relay For Life will get underway at 7 p.m. on June 14, going through the night and ending at 7 a.m.
The walk/run relay around Crossroads Church (at 32nd Street and Hwy 2) is non-competitive and will take place in conjunction with other festivities.
“We’re going to have lots of entertainment during the night. There’s going to be tons and tons of food coming at different points during the night,” said organizer Mike Garcelon.
As in past years, the event will be opened by a first lap of cancer survivors and luminaries will be lit at a dusk ceremony to pay tribute to loved ones affected by cancer.
Across the country last year, 166,000 participants raised $51 million for the Canadian Cancer Society. The society is marking its 75th anniversary in 2013.
To sign up for the relay, donate, volunteer or buy a luminary, visit www.relayforlife.ca.
For more information on the Red Deer walk, contact the Canadian Cancer Society at 403-347-3662.