The West Island Relay For Life on June 10, 2016


The West Island Relay For Life scheduled for June 10, 2016 from 7:00 pm to June 11, 2016 – 7:00 am is one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature events. It offers the West Island community the opportunity to fight back against cancer. Participating teams will camp out on the grounds of the George Springate Sports Centre behind Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School and will walk or run around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event lasting 12 hours.

“I am so pleased to host this fun event that raises much needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness for prevention and treatment,” says Lori Graham, Weather Specialist from CTV News Montreal. Lori Graham is the 2016 Honorary President this year.

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings people together to:

  • Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
  • Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, those people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and continue healing.
  • Fight Back because we have all been affected by those diagnosed with cancer and desperately want to put an end to this the disease.

Why Relay?

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The funds raised at Relay save lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. It is because the involvement of everyday citizens that we are able to save lives, help those battling cancer, and empower all to fight back against the disease. The Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Join us for the West Island Relay for Life on June 6th at 7pm by registering to participate or support us by making a donation to a team of your choice. Both of these actions can be done by at

Opening Ceremony

Relays begin with an Opening Ceremony, which clearly emphasizes that Relay for Life is a Canadian Cancer Society event. The opening ceremony – the Survivor Victory Lap is the Opening lap by cancer survivors that sets the tone for the entire event. The closing ceremony provides another opportunity for cancer survivors and their caregivers to walk the track, to celebrate their success and along with Relay relay participants, to commit to Fight Back.

Luminary Ceremony

Luminaries, paper bags sacks filled with sand to support a lighted candle, are a Relay for Life tradition and can be purchased for $5. either ‘On line’ at or at the event.   The Luminary Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope, as well as, life-affirming patient services. It is because of your involvement that we are able to save lives, help those battling cancer, and empower all to fight back against this disease.

This event is also Open to the public from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

For further information, photos or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Deb DeRoy

West Island Relay for Life, Volunteer Communications Advisor


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