Stettler Relay for Life raises $150,000

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Walking for life - Wm. E. Hay students participated in the Relay for Life

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Stettler residents took the battle against cancer into their own hands last week.

A total of 372 participants took part in the third annual Stettler Relay for Life on June 17, raising $150,000 for cancer research.

“It was a great event, everything went according to plan other than the weather,” said leadership co-chair Andrea DeYoung.

Participants on the track at William E Hay High School received a fair dose of rain and wind, but according to DeYoung, it didn’t dampen their spirits.

“Everyone just kind of stepped up even with the weather,” said DeYoung. “Even at 7 a.m. when we were wrapping everything up, people were still walking around the track.”

Although the weather didn’t co-operate at all, the night continued as planned with many games and events to keep participants entertained.

The event saw four bands perform, and ceremonies were held to honour those who have died, as well as survivors.

“Stettler in general is just an amazing, caring city that supports great causes,” said DeYoung, who is a cancer survivor herself. “It’s great how people really come together for events like this.”

DeYoung became involved with the Stettler Relay for Life shortly after being diagnosed and going through a battery of cancer treatments.

“At the first one, I participated as a survivor and now I just feel like I need to be involved,” said DeYoung.

Although attendance was down slightly from the 2010 Relay for Life, DeYoung says that they are consistent with other events across the province.

“A lot of the events have seen decreasing numbers too, so I don’t think we did too bad,” said DeYoung.

If you would like to contribute to the fight against cancer but couldn’t make it to the event, visit www.cancer.ca to make a donation.

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