The White Spot Pipe Band played after the luminaries were lit during the Relay For Life fundraiser in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Left – Friday evening was emotional for cancer survivors taking part in Langley’s Relay For Life. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Gallery and Video: Community comes together at McLeod during Relay For Life

Annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society ran smoothly

They relayed for friends and family who have lost their battles against cancer, and for those who’ve survived the horrible disease.

For six hours Friday night, people walked around McLeod Athletic Park’s running track, or, on MAP’s artificial turf, danced, kicked soccer balls, and mingled during the Langley Relay For Life that each year raises funds and awareness in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

All funds generated from relays nation-wide are used to support Canada’s most promising cancer research and vital support services for people with cancer and their families.

“I relay for (family members) and everyone else that has been touched by cancer,” organizer Jenn Schroeder said, prior to the fundraiser.

With donations and a few sponsorships continuing to come in, the Langley event has generated more than $140,000 towards the cause, thus far.

On a cool but otherwise comfortable evening, the relay got underway with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., followed by the Survivors’ Victory Lap.

The Luminary Ceremony took place at 10 p.m. with closing ceremonies at 11:30 p.m.

EMOTIONS HIGH

During the Luminary Ceremony, former relay committee chair Bev Dornan spoke about the purpose behind the fundraiser.

“As we walk we will reflect, remember, share, and even cry,” Dornan said.

She added, “These luminaries do more than just light our path as we continue to pass the baton to help save lives. Each flickering light reminds us just how fragile life really is. Each message on each bag reminds us that there are hundreds of stories here tonight. And the unbroken ring of luminaries reminds us that we are all connected, and we can only see the end of cancer if we work together.”

Once the sun set, the White Spot Pipe Band led participants around the track as part of an emotional remember ceremony.

 

Cancer survivors made their way around the running track at McLeod Athletic Park during the Survivors’ Victory Lap, one of the many emotional moments during Friday night’s Relay For Life fundraiser. See video online at www. langleytimes.com. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Four-time cancer survivor Miriam Senges spoke during the opening ceremonies of the Langley Relay For Life fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society/ The event was held Friday evening at McLeod Athletic Park. Troy Landreville Langley Times

To begin Friday’s Langley Relay For Life fundraiser at McLeod Athletic Park, Township of Langley firefighters led the Surivors’ Victory Lap, involving all those who survived cancer. Troy Landreville Langley Times