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.
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.