By Anjali Singh

According to the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), nearly one in two Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

The CCS vision is to see a world without the fear of cancer. One hundred types of cancer are fought by funding research and support services to those living with the disease. Most of us are related to, or know, someone who has been affected by cancer and the Relay for Life gives us an opportunity to honour those battling this disease.

The annual Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors and fundraises for further cancer research and services. Each relay has individuals of all ages walking or running on a trail, with one member of each team on the trail at all times. The survivor’s victory lap features cancer survivors or those living with cancer. While taking a break, relayers can participate in activities and watch live entertainment.

This is the second year Markham District High School Me-to-We students are hosting a Relay for Life event. Their goal: to raise $10,000 in support of cancer research.

“I am glad that, as (Markham District High School) Me-to-We program students in Grade 10, we have the opportunity to plan events that create change,” said Nalin Malhotra. “It allows the skills we developed in the program to be put into action. We are happy to participate in the planning of the Relay for Life event, as the money raised will go toward the fight for a cure for cancer, cancer research and cancer treatment.”

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Photo: Last years Markham District High School Relay for Life team.

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