It’s Lace Up and Get Ready Time for 2019 Relay for Life

By Seamus Whelehan

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Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy is urging constituents to get involved in this year’s Relay for Life, and raise vital funds for Cancer Research.
In a final rallying cry, teams of ten are being urged to sign up and raise money for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of the disease.
Entrants will pay a join up fee of €10 and can register either online at www.cancer.ie or register on the day.
Teams must have at least one member walking at all times for twenty four hours.
Cllr McCarthy, herself a recent cancer survivor, said this year she is “more determined” to do something positive, and has made it her mission to raise as much money as she can for Cancer Research.
She said the Relay for Life, which takes place from 3:00pm this Saturday 24 August to 3:00pm Sunday 25 August, at CBS Secondary School Midleton, is a fun way to do that.
“The Relay for Life both commemorates and celebrates, it honours cancer patients, survivors and those who have passed, and it’s about raising funds for Cancer Research and support”
“While cancer is very prevalent, there are more survivors than those with cancer because of advances in screenings and treatments” commented Cllr McCarthy.
This year’s relay theme is live, love, fight cancer, highlighting the courage and determination that cancer survivors, their families and medical profession show while fighting the disease.
Almost 90 people of all ages will join Cllr McCarthy this year wearing their Purple “survivor” shirts and will be pampered for the day, as they take part in the 24 hour fundraising event.
Among the survivors will be 9 year old Kate who had a melanoma removed from her face 6 years ago.
Her young friend, Saoirse, is set to donate hundreds of Euro on the day to the Cancer charity, while also having 13 inches of her hair cut off to help sick children, in support of her best friend who has beaten cancer.
The second class student has raised €700 in sponsorship, to have her waist length hair cut short and used by the Rapunzel foundation, to make wigs for children with a cancer diagnosis.
At 8:00pm on Saturday 24 August the racing track at CBS Secondary School will be lined with decorative bags adorned with names of friends and family. Each bag contains a candle, which will illuminate the Park serving as a symbolic gesture of hope for people facing cancer, while remembering those who have passed on.
More information about the Relay for Life is available on line at www.cancer.ie or through the group face book page Relay for Life Midleton or by calling Elaine Duggan on 086-8341074.
Candle bags for the ‘Candle of Hope’ ceremony can be pre-purchased at €5 per bag, by contacting the group.
Bags will be individually numbered and will be burned on behalf of those who cannot attend the 24 hour event.

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