• John Jantak

Relay for Life aims to raise $150,000 to fight cancer


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Peter Schiefke, the federal Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, encourages all residents in the region to participate in the upcoming 15th edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life which will be held at Olympic Park in Pincourt on Friday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m.

Peter Schiefke, the federal Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, was one of 15 survivors who shared his personal story regarding his struggle with cancer during the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life press conference held at the Omni-Centre in Pincourt on February 20.

This year’s event, which is expected to draw participants and supporters from throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, will take place at Olympic Park on Friday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m. and continue throughout the night until dawn on Saturday morning.

For 12 hours, teams or individuals who have raised funds will walk and take turns going around a marked trail of lights in honour of, or in memory of, people affected by the disease, to fight all types of cancer and spread hope to everyone afflicted.

Schiefke’s cancer battle

This year’s event marks Schiefke’s third time participating in the Relay for Life. “This event for me is personal. I’m not here as a Member of Parliament. I’m here as a survivor having been diagnosed with testicular cancer both in 2008 and in 2011. The second time I was required to go through three-and-a-half months of chemotherapy every day,” Schiefke told The Journal.

“It was an honour to have been invited to this year’s event as an ambassador with 14 other survivors to share with people that it doesn’t matter how old you are, what you do for a living, what your nationality or background is. Cancer affects every one of us. I want to get this message out and I’m hoping to do that as an ambassador and with the team I’m putting together,” said Schiefke.

He stressed the importance of the event is to continue raising money for cancer research. “It’s because of research that different chemotherapy regimens have been created that target different types of cancer without impacting the rest of the body. This is a huge advancement. I want to pay it forward by collecting as much money as possible to keep research going into hopefully finding a cure one day,” said Schiefke.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Some of the ambassadors who will participate in the upcoming 15th edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on May 25 at Olympic Park in Pincourt, including Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke (second from right) and Mayor Yvan Cardinal (far right), the honourary captain for this year’s event.

Mayor Cardinal honourary captain

Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal was chosen as the honourary captain who will lead the ambassadors during the event. He is recognized for his career dedicated to teaching sports and getting children to adopt healthy eating habits. His participation in the Relay for Life is to support those affected by cancer and to spread the message of hope and courage from the event’s ambassadors.

“We’re very happy the organizers selected Pincourt to hold the 15th edition here. We invite everyone in Pincourt and from all the cities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges to be here with us. Cancer concerns everyone,” said Cardinal.

$150,000 fundraising goal

“The invitation to participate in the event is sent to everyone who wants to make a difference by showing their solidarity to people who are affected by the disease,” said Claude Giguère, coordinator of this year’s relay.

The goal is to raise $150,000 in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and $10 million across the province. The organizers are aiming to recruit 50 teams for the event and 125 survivors for the Survivor’s Round. The goal is also to sell more than 2,000 luminaries for the Lighting Ceremony.

Luminaries are candles placed in special bags with the names of cancer survivors and people who have lost their battle to cancer. After being lit during a twilight ceremony, luminaries provide light and inspiration to participants throughout the night-long event.

To participate or for more information, go to tinyurl.com/y8bmgae6.

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