Relay for Life – Connecting in the Community

Yesterday was one of those inspiring days. I worked a table for the Relay for Life at our local Save-On store to promote our June 7 event here in Spruce Grove. The table was intended to provide information to the event – not to garner donations. As an aforementioned introvert, this is, of course, outside of my comfort zone but the cause of fighting cancer is near and dear to my heart so that means girding my loins and putting myself out there.

I was situated just inside the doors so was able to greet people as they entered the store. Tucked between the watermelons, cantaloupe and deli, it was quite funny to see how many people had eyes only for the melons as they caught sight of me sitting there and sidled past without making eye contact. At first, it was disheartening but I consoled myself by remembering that most tables set up at grocery stores are there with the primary purpose of raising funds so it wasn’t unexpected that customers had that impression.
It’s a great way to people watch and I was hoping that there might be one or two people who might truly be interested in learning about the Relay. To my surprise and delight, there were indeed such people. They smiled as they came through the door, actually held my eye contact and made a beeline towards me. Some of them did make donations, some purchased daffodil mittens and some told me stories of loved ones they had lost to cancer.

By the time my shift was over, I was exhilarated by their energy and encouraged that not only was our Relay going to raise much needed funds to help fight cancer but our Tri-Regional event was going to also make a difference in our community.It was three hours well spent. Thanks to Save-On Foods for their great support and thanks to our residents in the tri-municipal region.

We still need teams, volunteers and of course, donations. Interested in joining the fight? The Canadian Cancer Society hosts relays across Canada - if you're not in our area, there's sure to be one near to where you live.

Our Spruce Grove event is called the Tri-Municipal Relay for Life and will be held in Central Park, Spruce Grove from 7 pm to 7 am on Friday, June 7. A night to celebrate, remember and fight to conquer cancer once and for all. Special guest performers on this evening will include Brandi Morin, Cory Rosenke and Freeburn. Join us for a night you'll never forget.

Twelve hours of people coming together to celebrate survivors, remember those we’ve lost, join the fight against cancer and pledge to make a difference for today and the future.
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With your help, cancer can be beaten. Together we are stronger, together we will win this fight.