The Carleton Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society is getting ready for its second annual “Relay for Life” event, June 2 - 3 at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa. This unique “relay” involves relay teams of 8 to 12 people who take turns walking, running or strolling around a track during a 12 hour period starting at 7 p.m. Friday night and going to 7 the next morning, Saturday.
Lansdowne Park turns into a festive tent town for those 12 hours with music, entertainment, games, and food. The first lap on Friday evening is dedicated to cancer survivors who are introduced during the opening ceremonies and fill the park with the knowledge that “cancer can be beaten”. At dusk there is a touching luminary ceremony where candles are lit with the names of the many who have been affected by the disease and in memory of those who have died. These are placed around the track and are a poignant reminder to the runners/walkers/strollers of the toll cancer takes on society.
If you are interested in making up a team - or if you are a cancer survivor and would like to participate in the uplifting first lap - contact:
The Canadian Cancer Society,
1745 Woodward Drive,
Ottawa, ON, K2C 0P9