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Relay For Life 2013: Why Do You Relay?

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Ottawa chapter.

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It may sound like an unusual question at first, but it really speaks volumes once you hear responses. The Canadian Cancer Society is a nationally recognized organization that seeks to, through research, development and awareness, eradicate cancer.

The level of participation in this event is absolutely inspirational, and here’s why.

Relay for Life is a 12-hour non-competitive overnight event. It attracts a large variety of individuals and participation from people of all ages and encourages a community to get together for a common cause.

Cancer affects everyone in some way or another, whether it is directly, through friends or family, or through someone in your surroundings. Relay for Life is a powerful event because it brings diverse groups of people together in a way that very few initiatives can.

Throughout the night, the event is separated into three categories, which allow for participants and cancer survivors to unite and share this experience.


Cancer survivors walk the Survivors’ Victory Lap, surrounded by friends, family and other supporters, and together the survivors and participants celebrate those who have had won their battle with cancer and continuously provides support and hope for those who are still fighting. The Victory Lap is inspirational and emphasizes the connection everyone has with cancer.


During this portion of the event, there is a Luminary Ceremony. The ceremony honours the lives of cancer survivors and remembers loved ones and colleagues who lost their battles with cancer. These luminaries are lit at twilight, and serve as a means of providing “light and inspiration” to participants throughout the course of the night.

Fight Back

The reason participants “fight back” against cancer is not only to support many of those who are currently fighting, but also to help by raising money, spreading awareness, and to stay committed to eradicating cancer and continue to fight with cancer patients across the country.

Relay for Life at the University of Ottawa

Just as many other Canadian universities do, the University of Ottawa participates in the Relay for Life. This year, Relay for Life will be held on March 15th, 2013 from 7:00pm to 7:00am in the Jock-Turcot University Centre (UCU). The Relay for Life Committee, a group of dedicated students who are orchestrating the event this year, have planned a number of fundraising events before the date to help raise more money and to add to the total amount of money raised by our University.

The website frequently updates the top five teams that have raised the most money to date, and collectively, between the top five teams, $2955 has been raised for the Canadian Cancer Society and for Relay for Life. There are a variety of teams being created every day, and no matter which team you choose, you will be supporting the cause.

Why should I relay?

You are probably wondering why you should participate, considering the large number of people actively playing a role in this event to date. You can never have enough participation in this event. Cancer affects everyone, every day. We should, as a campus and as a community, work together to help find a cure.

To find out more about the Canadian Cancer Society and Relay for Life, to register your own Relay for Life team or to join an existing team, visit:




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The human equivalent of a Universal remote. I do everything. Third-year honours political science student at the University of Ottawa. Sister of Delta Delta Delta, Canada Delta chapter. Political, International and Development Studies Student Association Vice-President Internal Affairs. HerCampus uOttawa writer, Health & Lifestyle section. University of Ottawa Public Relations Association Vice-President Media Relations.