The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact across the country and around the world, changing the way that people come together. That’s why the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has reimagined its beloved annual Relay For Life into Relay At Home – the organization’s first-ever nationwide online fundraising event with interactive activities, entertainment, time to celebrate survivors and remember those we’ve lost to cancer. Participants of all ages will unite from the comfort of their homes on Saturday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. EST to raise funds in support of groundbreaking research and a national support system that helps people living with cancer and their families.
Those with cancer are among the most vulnerable in our communities right now and are at greater risk of more serious outcomes from COVID-19. During these challenging times, many people facing cancer are experiencing feelings of isolation or stress as treatments are postponed or cancelled. At CCS, we continue to serve the one million Canadians currently living with and beyond cancer and provide ways for people to build community, connection and support.
“The Canadian Cancer Society is facing its biggest financial challenge in our 80-year history due to COVID-19,” said Andrea Seale, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, we need the support of Canadians now more than ever. Relay At Home is a great way for people to get involved and support the cancer cause.”
Relay At Home will be broadcast in English and French on Facebook and YouTube and will feature performances by renowned Canadian musicians including Brett Kissel, Paul Langlois from The Tragically Hip, Joel Plaskett, The Reklaws, Peter Katz, Virginia to Vegas and versaCello.
“Being a part of Relay At Home is so special to me as like most Canadians, cancer has touched my family,” said Brett Kissel, multi-award winning country musician performing at Relay At Home. “The Canadian Cancer Society has held a special place in my heart for a long time, and I’m honoured to perform at this event as a way to support Canadians living with cancer.”
With the support of people across the country, we can make a real difference in the lives of Canadians with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic and year-round. Help us prove that life is bigger than cancer by joining us on June 13. Register at relayforlife.ca.