Sunday June 6, 2010

Runners Itch For A Cure

Relay For Life gives CCS big cash injection

Craig Hill/Voice

 

    These days you would be hard pressed to find anyone who's life hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way and when the disease rears it's ugly head, families are devastated and often left in financial ruin.

 

    According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 29% of all deaths in Canada are due to cancer, making the disease the number one killer. However with an ever-increasing segment of the population reaching the golden age, that number isn't going to decrease either.

   

    On Friday, the CCS held a 24-hour Relay For Life fundraiser at Chilliwack Secondary School. Luckily the monsoons which had the Lower Mainland stuck in wash cycle, ceased, and approximately three-hundred focused people ran for a cure on the eve of National Cancer Survivors Day.

 

    They jogged throughout the night on the candlelit track around tents pitched from one end of the field to the other. By sunrise, the fleet-footed group managed to raise an amazing $70,000 for the cause.

 

    One of those camped overnight was StarFm's Grant Siggity, who spent 2 hours pounding the track raising $385 as part of his team's $3000 overall effort.

 

    Like many others running, Siggity has lost members of his family to the disease, so the Relay was something very personal.

 

    "It was an unbelievable experience to see this many people out in support of everybody that's been affected by cancer," said Siggity. "I've done five-relays and this is my first overnight one so it was a really different experience."

 

    Even though its the end of the first week in June, the weather was still not very conducive to camping, but that didn't phase Siggity who figured it was all worth the effort.

 

    "It was a little chilly when you got to about 2:30am so you were almost wanting to be on the track to keep warm," he said. "It's something that is near and dear to my heart and it's very important to me."

 

    For more information on how you can help visit www.cancer.ca 

 

 

 

 

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