Last night I had the pleasure of emceeing an event for the local Canadian Cancer Society at the civic complex. There was an energy that filled the room when everyone was using their noisemakers to celebrate the spirit of the Relay for Life event as many loved ones were remembered.
The guest speaker was a cancer researcher from the Ottawa Hospital and had many advances to share on the latest research. His message was one that really did instill hope that through all the fundraising efforts scientists and doctors are making amazing progress in their research and testing for better treatment and maybe even a cure for some cancer strains.
A dozen people were recognized for their many years of volunteering which combined totalled 170 years. One lady was recognized for 45 years, some for 30, 20, 15 and 10.
As someone who has lost my father to cancer and other family members and friends it was particularly inspiring to meet some of the survivors. They remind that we can beat this disease and we need to continue the fight to grow the numbers of people who beat this terrible disease.
I also get a sense of hope and strength meeting new survivors and if you’ve ever been at the Relay for Life event you know how powerful a moment the survivor lap is. Here are some survivors I met last night.
Cornwall will host its first Relay for Life at Lamoureux Park June 17th. I hope to see you there. For more information visit https://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/sdg-and-prescott-russell-on/?region=on