Relay For Life participants pull overnighter at Eric Hamber because cancer never sleeps

Warm up at Relay for Life

The Relay For Life, an overnight fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society, took place at Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver on June 4th and 5th.

The idea behind making the Relay a 12-hour overnight event is that cancer never sleeps. Team captains and their teams walked laps around the sporting field during the whole night in order to raise funds.

Relay For Life events are held throughout the country and bring together communities. They celebrate life, fight back against cancer and remember loved ones lost.

Celebration of Life

The Relay For Life event started with an opening ceremony, in which cancer survivors spoke. The survivors opened the Relay For Life by walking the first lap, the survivor’s victory lap, around the track. All survivors wore yellow shirts.


Cancer survivors walk the first lap

Crossing the finish line


Luminaries were lit to remember those having passed away from cancer. Luminaries are candles that are placed in a special bag, which can be personalized with a name. In the luminary ceremony, everyone got a candle and people walked a lap in remembrance and in honour of cancer victims. The word ‘Hope’ was spelled out with luminaries, which volunteers had set up in the form of the word in the afternoon.

Luminaries were ordered around the track

During the luminary ceremony

Luminaries spelling out 'Hope"

Fighting back

The teams and their team captains continued to walk the whole night. I left around 12 am, but couldn’t have imagined a more dignified event to celebrate life and to remember loved ones lost to cancer.

In the morning, a closing and fight back ceremony was held.

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