To the editor:
Last year I was asked to be on the organizing committee for the 10th annual Kelowna Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. I had been a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for a while, helping out in the office and with smaller events. I really had no idea what I was going to be getting into.
Over the few months I was helping out I was completely humbled by the amount of time, energy and commitment that some of the long-time committee members contributed to the event. I had no idea the amount of work that was put into an event like this, and all of it by volunteers in our very own community.
Considering that the one thing that brings us all together—cancer—is so devastating, it was unbelievable to me that the people involved, having been effected by cancer either directly themselves or through a close family member, good friend, or both were able to keep up a tremendous level of positive energy and create an event that not only financially benefits our community’s cancer resources but is a source of healing for all involved.
Statistics tell us that one in three Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime with the average five year survival rate now at 62 per cent according to the Canadian Cancer Society. If we apply those facts to Kelowna’s population of around 118,000 that means that we should have over 20,000 survivors in the city.
Volunteer with Relay For Life in Kelowna or sign up a team of your friends, family or co-workers. For more on how you can become involved visit: www.relaybc.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.