A step in the right direction for cancer research

Mounties prepare to participate in a nationwide event to show their support for those affected by cancer

Mount Allison students and the Sackville community alike are preparing to lace up their running shoes to walk, jog and run in this year’s Relay for Life. The upcoming Relay for Life is the first time that the organizational committee is made up of Mt. A students exclusively – in previous years, the event was organized by the town.

The Relay for Life is a nationwide event founded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to show support for those impacted by cancer in any way. The funds raised for this event contribute to the cost of research and ensure that there is adequate support available for those battling cancer.

“This event is a cornerstone for the CCS and is hosted all around the country,” said Jaden Snethun, the event’s marketing captain. “I think this is an event that can bring together large parts of the students, Sackville and surrounding communities. There will be a touching ceremony to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer, a celebration of survivors, and lots of memorable, fun activities and musical acts throughout!”

“While they fund life-saving medical research, the [CCS] also provides patients with prosthetics, wigs, travel, mental health support and much more – all free of charge for the patient,” said Eden Lunn, the Relay for Life’s participant engagement team lead. Lunn outlined the importance of participating in such an event: “The CCS is almost completely reliant on events like Relay for Life to be able to provide these services to those battling cancer.”

Sarah Doak, the event experience team lead, encouraged everyone to get involved and show support for anyone affected by cancer. She also encouraged feedback: “Attend and tell us how we can do better next year, especially concerning accessibility.”

“We want supporters, survivors and anyone of any age who wants to help us make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer,” said Snethun, encouraging students and residents of Sackville alike to participate.

The action-packed event will take place on March 22 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Mt. A’s Athletic Centre. This year’s fundraising goal is $16,500, and all donations can be made on the Relay for Life Mount Allison webpage.

For more information about this year’s event, check Relay for Life’s Facebook page, MTA Relay for Life, or @relaymounta on both Instagram and Twitter. Links to sign up individually or as a team can be found on any of the Relay for Life’s social media platforms. Any questions about the event can be directed to mountarelay@gmail.com.

Alyssa Donston
Alyssa is a fifth year Biology major and Chemistry minor. She is an expert in determining the ripeness of fruit