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Leduc Relay for Life 2013 Part One

The 2013 Leduc Relay for Life was once again an amazing event. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. we relayed with love and pride and collectively we raised almost $80,000! A HUGE thank you goes out to all the organizers, survivors, supporters, and those who donated their time and funds all in the fight to make Cancer history.

The Relay for Life is more than just an overnight event to raise funds for cancer research, it’s a living breathing entity that pitches a tent within your heart and lives there because of the people involved. Their stories of survival and hope will never be forgotten…combine Hope and Love, and you have one powerful force. If you haven’t had the chance to be part of a relay, what are you waiting for?! I promise, it will touch your heart in a big way.

The evening starts out celebrating the survivors with a much deserved banquet. The room is a sea of yellow, the colour signifying strength and wisdom.

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After supper, they make their way outside to gather together linked by an unspoken bond to release their balloon with pride and celebration…

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Together they start the Relay by walking the first lap while everyone cheers them on. The lap is .7 km, so it really is quite a distance around. I’m always in awe of the impressive display of determination and pride.

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The enthusiastic cheering section is very appreciated to the survivors who walk the lap…

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Just as the survivors were done their lap, it was time for the team laps. ¬†The rain started quickly and poured on all of us. ¬†Within half a lap I couldn’t believe my eyes at the beautiful rainbow that covered the sky around us….

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BMS Bootcamps was there to lead us in a warm up, 12 hours of walking will take it’s toll on a person!

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The team outfits were awesome this year!

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I was honoured to be a part of team Hier Power this year…

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As always, there was something for everyone. Bingo, Zumba, Bouncy Houses, Face painting…

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Each team was asked to put on a game… Bra Pong was a hit!

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Connectivity Dance did a Fabulous job entertaining everyone with their dancing talents…

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Leduc has one of the most beautiful walking routes for the Relay…

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As our team was walking the track, my friend Ang told me to look over the edge down to the water.

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Through out the night, symbolism was all around…first with the double rainbow that covered the track to start the Relay, and also within these delicate eggs. Such precious cargo amongst frigid water, wind, and debris . Through such adversity, life forges on with a little help and support.

Although the weather forecast was for thunder showers, wind, and rain, we lucked out for the night.

Click HERE to view Part Two of the Relay.

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