BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Although the event is still four months away, organizers for the local Relay For Life event are busy planning for the 2013 edition of the popular cancer fundraising initiative.
Local Relay organizer and cancer survivor Tammy Horvath appeared before Scugog Council recently, providing councillors with an update on plans for this year's event, scheduled for Friday, June 7, to the morning of June 8, at Elgin Park in Uxbridge.
Ms. Horvath, who battled and conquered the cancer that threatened to take her life nine years ago, outlined a new national campaign by the Canadian Cancer Society called the Fearless Project, aimed at changing the perception of the disease for patients and their families.
"This council and community has lead the fight against cancer in North Durham," said Ms. Horvath, noting that Feb. 4 - the date of her presentation - was World Cancer Day. "How do we change cancer forever? This is a question that we at the Canadian Cancer Society are asking. How do we change terror to triumph, fear to hope? The Fearless Project is a different way of relating to disease, by de-mystifying cancer."
Ms. Horvath also extended a challenge to Mayor Chuck Mercier, to join Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor and Brock Mayor Terry Clayton in donning their best clown suits to go with this year's Relay theme of 'North Durham's largest birthday party.' To date, the North Durham Relay event has raised more than $1 million in the fight against cancer.
More details will be announced on www.cancer.ca/relay as they become available in the coming months.
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