Lloydminster residents braved rain and cold to support cancer survivors in the community.
Friday was the annual Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Lloydminster, which has survivors, supporters and caregivers come out to walk together, tell stories of survival and fundraise. According to Fundraising Specialist Kalina Barlow, a count on the night saw 47 people in the community come out to the relay.
She says the relays done across Canada help the society cover many different facets of helping people with cancer.
“Events like this really help us to do more cancer research to help people in Canada. As well as it supports our programs and services for people and their families going through cancer, as well as some advocacy and prevention that we have going on in the province.”
In addition to the financial help that Relay for Life provides, Barlow says the event creates a social awareness towards cancer.
” It’s a nice area where survivors and caregivers and people who have been impacted by cancer, it’s a place they can come and feel supported, know they’re not alone, feel supported and have hope.”
The next Relay for Life in Lloydminster and Area is in Wainwright on June 16th.