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Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM
  • Relay for Life celebrates 10 years

The Jamaica Cancer Society will celebrate the 10th year of its Relay for Life event on June 9. This year's event was launched recently at The Terra Nova Hotel, and in attendance were cancer survivors, sponsors, and volunteers.

Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivorship. Teams of business associates, family members, and friends will gather at the Police Officers' Club on June 9 and 10 to participate in an evening of wonderful entertainment, exercise, and just fellowship. They will take turns walking or jogging around the track during the night. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the Cancer Survivors Victory Lap of Honour by men and women who are living proof that cancer is not a death sentence, but can be defeated with early detection. At 10 p.m., the Luminaria Ceremony will take place, where bags with candles are lit and placed around the track; each bag bearing the name of a cancer survivor or a loved one who lost the battle with the disease.

One of the highlights of the launch was the performance of the song Survivor by Pentateuch Band, a group of young men from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Survivor was dedicated to the Jamaica Cancer Society. Kevor Williams, lead vocalist, wrote the song in memory of his 11-year-old cousin who died of a brain tumour.

"The purpose of the song," he said, "is to hopefully help someone with that extra push, give someone that added motivation to fight to become a survivor." Proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the Jamaica Cancer Society.

Marie Powell, chairperson of Relay for Life, said that in celebration of the 10th staging of the event, there will be a week of activities starting with a Church Service on June 3 at the St Andrew Parish Church, a lecture series at the Spanish Court Hotel on June 4, and an evening of entertainment on June 6 at the University of the West Indies, culminating with the Relay on June 9.

Source: The Jamaica Cancer Society