17-year-old heads Relay for Life on Saltspring
June 1. is the Relay for Life on Saltspring Island, a 12-hour walk or run around Portlock Park fundraising for cancer research
This year's organizer is Grade 11 student Erin Pringle who's participating in honour of those she's lost to cancer.
“I’ve lost several family members and friends due to cancer, and I feel like organizing this event is a way to repay them. A way to show others, that we cannot forget about the people who we love and we can’t stop fighting for what we believe in. For me, ideally it would be a world without cancer.”
Pringle told SunFM News an important way to contribute is to share in what's become a tradition of lighting the way.
“You can buy luminaries for $5.00; they are little white bags that we put sand and tea lights in, that go around our track. So once it gets dark we light those up and they will be lit around the track for the walkers and runners.”
Pringle said on each luminary you write the name of someone you’ve lost or someone who’s fighting/beaten cancer, and as you walk past each candle you can remember loved ones fighting cancer and honour those you’ve lost.
So far, 15 teams on Saltspring have raised over $12,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
The event runs from 6 pm Friday night to 6am Saturday morning on Vesuvius Bay Road.
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