Feature Story                                                                                       Monday February 14, 2011

Bash For Cash

Fighting Back Against Cancer fundraiser

Staff/Voice photos


Liz Lynch (L), Andrea Laycock, Mayor Sharon Gaetz and Murray Nelles at Prospera Centre Saturday all taking part in Fight Back Against Cancer .


small contingent of big hearted people braved inclement weather in Chilliwack on Saturday to bash a car and raise funds for the BC Cancer Society. The "Take A Swing At Cancer" event, one in a series of Fight Back Against Cancer events, was coordinated by Tim Dixon, who is a Relay For Life organizer.


Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz who was there to take a swing at the car, told the those gathered in front of Prospera Centre that she and husband Jim had lost a very dear friend to the disease this past week and that "too many people that we love in our life" are effected by cancer.

"This is for everyone who has cancer today and is fighting back so that we'll find a cure," said Gaetz. "The money that people donate today will be going the society. I don't think its any fun going through all of the reatments like Andrea had to do and take all the medication and have all of the nights where you just wonder and hope and dream with a belief that one day you'll kick it."

Dixon was thankful for all the support they've had from the community.

"It's awesome and thanks to the folks from Amix Salvage that donated a car and Chilliwack Insurance," he said.

Dixon later told The Voice that it's "a chance for people to fight back" and spoke about Andrea Laycock successful fight against the disease.

Unfortuneatly, the weather worsened forcing organizers to cancel the event and Desmond Denvich said in an e-mail that "We'll find a way to use the car at another event, if not another Bruins game."

The Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life takes place at Prospera Centre this year and issued the following statement in a press release.

"Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight back. Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay for Life, people who have walked alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find healing. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease. Make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight."

For information visit www.relaybc.ca/chilliwack  join www.Facebook.com/ChilliwackRelay  or follow them on Twitter @ChilliwackRelay


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