The Fort St. John Relay for Life was held on Saturday in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Even though the weather was not cooperating in the morning and throughout most of the afternoon, it didn’t damper the spirits of organizers or participants.
Event organizer Brenda Baumeister said a huge benefit of the event is that the money raised stays within the northern part of the province.
“We’ve had a lot of participants, there’s over 100 people here. We’re out here to raise money for awareness for any of our cancer people that need help with travel. We also have our Kordyban Lodge in Prince George, some of that [money] goes to there. What we raise in the north stays in the north.”
As for why she got involved, she was encouraged to take part at the time by a friend named Sherry Loney. Baumeister’s parents have also battled cancer in the past.
“When I started Relay for Life eight years ago it was kind of just to help out. Both of my parents had cancer. They’ve been cancer free for a fair amount of years now. I said ‘you know what guys, we need to do this for them’ I told my family. I have a passion for this.”
She also stressed the importance of helping not only survivors, but ones who have also been recently diagnosed with cancer.
The fundraising goal for this year’s Relay for Life was pegged at $50,000. Overall $50,347 was brought in for the cause.