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Relay For Life looks for early birds

Early bird registrations for the Langley Relay For Life will be possible until Jan. 31.

Relay For Life is about teams working together to save more lives through cancer research and other programs.  Year after year, Langley residents have walked the walk, as the community has come together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones and fight back against all cancers.

This is the eighth annual Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life at McLeod Park, and to date Langley has raised over $2.25 million to help fight back against cancer.

“We are inviting past participants, new participants, cancer survivors and anyone else in the community to join us, and get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life,” says Alice Swenson,  Langley Relay organizing committee member, cancer survivor and team captain. “You can sign up as an individual, a team captain or as a team member or as an event day volunteer.”

Each participant who registers by Jan. 31 will pay the reduced entrance fee of $10 and get automatically entered into a B.C./Yukon wide draw to win an IPad.

To register online, go to www.relaybc.ca/langley/2012.

More information is available by calling 604-533-0822 or e-mailing langleyrelay@bc.cancer.ca.

This year’s Canadian Cancer Society Langley Relay For Life takes place on May 25  at McLeod Park. Teams of all ages take turns walking around a track for 12 hours overnight, and participate in the variety of entertainment and activities throughout the event.  At this early stage, Langley Relay has registered 21 teams for this year’s event.

The organizing committee is hosting an Early Bird pancake breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 28  from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Save-On Foods in Willowbrook, at 64 Avenue and 204 Street.

People who stop by will be able to find out more about  Relay For Life. Team and participant registration will be available for new and returning participants.

“Relay isn’t an athletic event,” says Laura Sumpter, co-chair of team recruitment and development. “It’s a fun, non-competitive and fulfilling experience for all ages, that brings together family, friends, co-workers and communities to fight back against cancer.  I hope you will consider joining us trackside this year.”

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is an inspiring event that brings together more than 200,000 people throughout Canada to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against cancer.

The event begins with a celebration of courageous cancer survivors taking the inaugural victory lap, that sends a message that there is always hope.

There is time during Relay when participants take a moment to remember cherished loved ones in a moving luminary ceremony.

Participants get involved in Relay For Life because many have been affected by cancer and want to put an end to suffering and loss caused by this disease. Cancer prevention has the most potential to save lives. People can fight back by making a personal commitment to improve their health, the health of their family and their community.

Funds raised go towards  investing in cancer research; influencing change through advocacy; empowering Canadians with reliable, up-to-date information; speaking up on issues that affect Canadians with cancer and providing a range of support programs to people living with cancer, including family members and caregivers.

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