Cancer is a powerful enemy. Just the sound of the word can fill our hearts with fear and dread. But it is not all-powerful. Cancer is limited. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot silence courage. It cannot cripple love. It cannot take away the memories of loved ones, even if it can leave scars on our hearts.
On March 3 into the early hours of March 4, Brock students, faculty, staff and the St. Catharines community gathered in the Ian Beddis Gym to rally towards a cancer free world through a 12-hour, continuous passing of the baton from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The Relay for Life event drew in over 100 participants and raised over $16,000. All of the money raised goes towards cancer research.
“A lot of people had different reasons for being there, some because cancer had effected them directly or they knew someone who was effected by it in their family,” said Rocky Brar, a first-year student that took part in this year’s Relay for Life. “It was important for myself personally because cancer had effected my mother and even though there isn’t a lot we can do to help people fight the illness, a walk such as this for charity can make people feel empowered. It’s important to be as proactive as possible such as raising money for research.”
In addition to the overnight run, the event also catered to on-campus students by hosting the annual Pie Your Don in the Face event which encouraged students to pay two dollars for a plate filled with whipped cream and splash it in their dons’ face. Many dons from Residence Life Staff volunteered for the event which also occurred in the gym in order to attract more students to Relay for Life. All of the money collected from the pies also went to cancer research.
“Even if I got a little messy, it’s all worth it,” said Shauna Wilson, Head Resident of Village South Residence in an Instagram post she posted during the event on Friday.
Relay for Life is a community fundraising event where Canadians across the country join together in the fight against cancer. In 2016, more than 432 events were hosted across the nation and over $28 million was raised.
April is Daffodil Month for the Canadian Cancer Society. Buy a daffodil pin to show your support for Canadians living with cancer and let them know that no one has to face cancer alone. Visit the Canadian Cancer Society for ways to get involved.
-Loredana Del Bello, Assistant News Editor