St. Johns Relay For Life raises $50,000

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The eighth St. John's Metro Relay for Life this past weekend is being called a huge success.
According to a release, the 35 teams, 60 survivors and more than 50 volunteers who took part in the overnight event generated $50,000 for cancer support in the province.
"Cancer affects everyone," said Jeneane Cannizzaro, a member of the organizing committee.
"It has touched so many, and it's important to give people the support that this event offers. Relay For Life (events) are always very inspiring and when entire communities get involved it's phenomenal."
The relay raises money for cancer research, awareness and support in the community, as well as advocacy for healthy public policies that prevent the disease and help people living with it.
Peter Dawe, executive director of the provincial division of the Canadian Cancer Society, said the event takes 12 hours but has a huge impact.
He noted the relay does more than raise money.
"It's also an opportunity to recognize those who have been directly touched by cancer."
Relays are taking place in 21 communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador from May to September.
"The society is very appreciative for the continued efforts of volunteers and all those that help us achieve our goals," said Dawe.
"With Daffodil Place welcoming patients this summer, we look forward to expanding our support services and providing a home away from home for cancer patients travelling to St. John's."
The event was held at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre.

Organizations: Metro Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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