“Wizard of C-Oz” team returns at West Island Relay for Life on June 10th

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George Springate Sports Centre,Pierrefonds,West Island Relay for Life,Canadian Cancer Society,West island Blog,Rhonda Massad

If you find yourself back in the Land of Oz at the George Springate Sports Centre in Pierrefonds on Friday, June 10th, you know you have arrived at the tent of the Wizard of C-Oz team as they return once again this year to participate in the West Island Relay for Life, the ’s (CCS) 12-hour overnight non-competitive relay where teams of 10 take turns walking the track to raise funds for cancer research and prevention.  This year, team captain Lancy Low along with her team of family and friends will have fun decorating their tent in accordance with their theme “we are going full out… this year our team name is Wizard of C-Oz   They will be in good company as many of the participating teams will also decorate their tents or don costumes to elaborate on their own themes never forgetting the significance of this event “we are raising funds now so that future generations will have a cure for cancer” Low said.   

As a breast cancer survivor Low will also take part in the Relay’s Survivors’ Victory Lap where cancer survivors and their care givers are celebrated as they walk the first lap to open the Relay to all participants.  Low knows first-hand the importance of a supportive caregiver “my brother Robert was my rock, he quit his job for a year to help me through my chemotherapy treatments and has been behind me 150 percent” she said.  Her brother Robert remembers those trying times “I just wanted to ease her suffering, take it away from her.  I said to myself, if she could just get through this, I will do something to pay it back”.  Last year Low’s team, which includes her brother Robert, raised over $15,000 and this year they have already surpassed their fundraising goal. So far, the Team has raised almost $17,500 and once again this year, Robert has been the top fundraiser with over $13,000. fundraised  to date. Rob continues to fundraise up to the end with the following post taken from his Facebook page “6 more days until my Relay for Life…6 more days to save lives…6 more days to help find a cure….6 more days to make a difference….PLEASE DONATE TO A GREAT CAUSE. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS . http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFL_QC_even_…

Says Low, as a survivor of 20 YEARS, I am so grateful to be able to participate in the Relay for Life – West Island on June 10 when I will remember those whom we have lost, honor those who are fighting so hard to beat the horrible disease and all the survivors. “Let’s work together to prevent cancer from taking our loved ones away.”

According to the latest figures published by the CCS, there will was an estimated 196,900 new cases of cancer diagnosed and 78,000 deaths due to cancer in Canada in 2015. . (The number of estimated new cases does not include 78,300 new non-melanoma skin cancer cases.) Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 30% of all deaths.  However, progress has been made.  There has been an increase in the 5-year survival rate for all cancers combined which now stands at 63%.  While the 5-year survival rate for some cancers, for instance, prostate, thyroid and breast cancer is now over 85%, other cancers such as lung, liver, and pancreatic have a much poorer prognosis. Together Let’s Save Lives.

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