More than 300 participants are expected to take part tonight in the first ever Kings County Relay for Life at the Rotary Eastern Eagles Soccer Complex in Montague.
This 12-hour dusk-to-dawn non-competitive walk encourages young people, parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours to join together as one community and walk through the night, united in their fight against cancer.
The event, which celebrates those who have won their battle with cancer and remembers those who did not, is also the signature fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society. Funds raised are used to help the society in the ongoing fight against cancer.
Twenty-eight teams have registered for the relay in Kings County, with more than 300 team members participating and as many as 100 cancer survivors expected to take part in the event. In addition to their walk through the night, teams will be treated to a wide range of activities including musical performers and fitness routines.
"It's an the outstanding effort by a great team of volunteers," says Sharon Riley, Relay For Life event chair for Kings County. "People are so passionate about this event that I'm sure we will see great things at the remaining Relay event in Westisle on June 25."
In addition to its support for leading edge cancer research, funds raised by Relay for Life help fund support services to Islanders living with cancer and promotion of a healthy lifestyle that will reduce the risk of getting cancer.