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UPEI Relay for Life will be held at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre Jan. 19

Tristan LeClair of Stratford is looking forward to raising awareness and funds at the UPEI Relay for Life on Jan. 19. LeClair, who is on the UPEI Relay for Life committee, said he will be thinking about all the people who may have lost their battle to cancer or who are still battling cancer while he is at the event.
Tristan LeClair of Stratford is looking forward to raising awareness and funds at the UPEI Relay for Life on Jan. 19. LeClair, who is on the UPEI Relay for Life committee, said he will be thinking about all the people who may have lost their battle to cancer or who are still battling cancer while he is at the event. - Maureen Coulter

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The UPEI Relay for Life is hoping to set a record year by fundraising $25,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Last year’s goal was $20,000, and after surpassing it, the UPEI Relay for Life committee decided to raise it to $25,000.

There are 15 teams this year with about 150 participants between staff, faculty and students.

“We have participation from all different sides of the campus,” said Tristan LeClair, who is on the UPEI Relay for Life committee. “We have everybody involved.”

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, 6 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 19.

The money raised will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society to help fight all types of cancer through world-class research, services for patients and their families, cancer prevention initiatives and advocacy on important cancer-related issues.

LeClair said the winning team is the one that raises the most money.

The way the relay works is that each team has at least one of its members on the track at all times during the relay, which is meant to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer.

LeClair said the relay kicks off with cancer survivors doing a lap around the track and is followed with a reception for survivors.

“We love having as many survivors as possible,” said LeClair.

Off the track, there will be lots of activities for people to do at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, including dance lessons, dodgeball games and a scavenger hunt.

“Basically, you just have fun and relax and do what you want. You can participate in everything or you can participate in half of the stuff. It’s very chill.”

LeClair said there is also a luminary ceremony with a cancer survivor guest speaker as well as a performance from Bridgette Blanchard.

LeClair said the event is all about raising awareness and to raise money for an important cause.

“(Cancer) touches everybody,” said LeClair. “I will be thinking about all the people who can’t be there, all the people who may have lost their battle or who are still battling and aren’t able to make it to the event.”

For more information visit the Facebook event UPEI Relay for Life 2018.

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Email Christian LaCroix at lacroix@upei.ca.

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