One of the Aldergrove teams at the Langley Relay For Life

Gearing up for 7th ‘Relay For Life’

Langley Relay For Life’s volunteer organizing committee is counting down the weeks to their seventh annual Langley Relay For Life event at McLeod Park on Friday, May 27.

“Langley joins over 53 B.C. communities in bringing Relay to life each year, we are a community committed to the fight back against cancer,” says Diana Beglaw, volunteer survivor chair and team captain of Team Funtastic.

“I don’t think there’s anyone of us that doesn’t know someone who has been touched by cancer. On May 27, we invite everyone to come out and support our friends, our families, our community.”

“Every step taken and every dollar raised makes it possible for the Canadian Cancer Society to invest in lifesaving cancer research, lead crucial cancer prevention initiatives and deliver caring practical and personal support to people living with cancer,” says Shannon Todd Booth, Langley Relay For Life’s coordinator. “Together, we continue to make a difference in the lives of Canadians fighting cancer.”

“We are inviting the entire community to join us at Relay For Life; you can sign up as an individual, a team captain, or as a team member, and cancer survivors are invited to join us for the opening ceremonies and survivor victory lap,” says Beglaw, who looks forward to the survivor lap each year — it’s a reminder of the nine years it’s been since her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Langley Relay For Life is a 12-hour, overnight, non-competitive community fundraising event that brings teams of colleagues, friends and families together to take turns walking or running around the track at McLeod Park.

Teams include the Township of Langley’s Firefighters Local 4550.

“The firefighters of IAFF local 4550 are proud to take part in every aspect of the Relay For Life,” says Terry Litven.

“From raising funds, circling the track to serving the pancake breakfast early Saturday morning to everyone in attendance, we feel fortunate to be part of the event. It is a great opportunity to be part of the community we serve and to honour both the survivors, and the loved ones lost to this terrible disease. Every day we are reminded of the disease, whether it is through responding to calls for assistance to help someone suffering, or attending a service for a fallen brother or sister. We Relay, because it’s a way we can give back.”

For more information, or to register as a participant, for the survivor lap, or as an event day volunteer, please visit www.relaybc.ca/langley or call at 604-533-0822.