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New Fairfield Relay for Life Raises over $85K and still counting

New Fairfield Relay for Life Raises over $85K and still counting”

Warren County's 23rd annual Relay for Life, an event to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer, took off Friday evening.

Catherine and her children have now signed up to be part of the Million Dollar Fitness team at this year's Legenderry Relay for Life event to raise money for Cancer Research UK. "My mom's cousin, Julie Mosier of Kearney, died of cancer just a few days after last year's relay".

The Norfolk event started with one of the highlights - a survivor's lap, where about 100 cancer survivors walked a short lap around the park.

At dusk, the Luminaria Ceremony took place with each light representing a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a person still fighting the disease.

Donations can still be made online by going to the Relay for Life website.

"What's great about Maxville is everyone really comes together for this event, " said Allison St-Jean, the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) community fundraising specialist for the SDG and Prescott-Russell Community Office, during the run-up to Friday's event.

Two years previously she was diagnosed with a borderline underactive thyroid and by the time her cancer was discovered it had spread to her lymph nodes.

Heroes of Hope are cancer survivors who inspire hope, courage and determination in the fight against cancer.

Becker said the Norfolk Relay for Life is also good for Nebraska, because most of the money goes back to helping Nebraskans with cancer.

Donna Walter, meanwhile, said she still remembers the hard times. "We drew so much closer as family during the tough times", she said.

Dashnay, who's been involved with the relay in some capacity since it first began in Quinte West five years ago, said her journey started in high school, when her father was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

"I did not tell anyone, not even my daughter, until I was home and she saw me sitting quietly", said an emotional Rousselle, having to pause a moment to collect herself before continuing.

"Just letting the community and everyone know that you don't have to battle alone and that there is support and there is a team of community members willing to get behind them".

For more information see the Relay for Life Legenderry Facebook page.

"It has given us a more intimate location to create togetherness", said organizer Sophia Conerly. "But I didn't have that fear that many people have".

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