Relay for Life turns back to Stettler Friday night

Determined to fight the battle against cancer, and despite fewer than half the number of teams from last year, organizers remain optimistic

Determined to fight the battle against cancer, and despite fewer than half the number of teams from last year, organizers remain optimistic for the fifth annual Relay for Life this Friday night in Stettler.

“This year, our goal is to raise $138,000,” said Trish King, co-ordinator of the local event and revenue development co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society in Red Deer.

The relay raised $130,239.07 with 28 teams last year and generated $163,000 in 2011.

Organizers are seeking to exceed those figures for Friday’s event at the William E. Hay Composite High School track.

This year, 12 teams with close to 100 people will participate.

“We are excited to have this be the fifth year in Stettler and are very much looking forward to this being a great event, even though our numbers are down a bit, and we are already planning for 2014,” King said.

“Unfortunately, we are down in the number of participants and teams this year, but we are hoping to increase for 2014 by moving the event to September.”

The first event in 2009 attracted 49 teams and raised $174,000 toward cancer research.

Teams this weekend are made up from everyone from family and friends to groups from local businesses walking with their co-workers all night.

It’s all in support the Canadian Cancer Society, which is celebrating 75 years of service.

Opening ceremonies will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m., with the survivors’ victory lap at 7 p.m. featuring more than 25 survivors. A survivors’ reception is also scheduled.

Teams begin walking the track after the victory lap and try to keep walking all night until 7 a.m.

About 750 luminaries will be illuminated in a ceremony at 10:30 p.m.

Organizers plan to provide participants with a meal at 11:15 p.m., the fight-back ceremony is at 1 a.m. and the breakfast at 5 a.m., with closing ceremonies at 6:45 a.m. and the final lap at 7 a.m.

“Celebrate, remember, fight back” is the motto of the event.

“Relay for Life is more than just a fundraiser,” King said. “It’s a 12-hour event to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.”

For more information, phone King at 403-309- 5429 or email

Just Posted

Producers losing money on every barrel sold

Price for Western Canadian Oilsands bitumen so low

Castor man killed in collision

Pronounced deceased at scene

Our Town Stettler: An aerial view

Shows a larger picture of evolution of community

Liberals take aim at responsible gun owners

E-petition against Bill C-71 is largest in history of Parliament

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

B.C. high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mt. Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

Trump: ‘Severe’ consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak on Wednesday said it had obtained audio recordings of the alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Most Read