On Friday evening, five hundred Carleton University students and faculty members gathered in the Fieldhouse for a night of hope, remembrance, and courage at Carleton’s first-ever Relay for Life.
They united for a single goal, one that reverberated throughout the night and into the morning- to beat cancer once and for all.
Nearly every person at the Relay, whether team, committee member, or volunteer, had had a personal experience with cancer affecting either them or someone they love.
Local MP Paul Dewar was there to get the ceremonies rolling, and spoke to Relayers about his pride in representing students who are taking the initiative to kick cancer’s butt.
The Survivor’s Lap kicked off the Relay, with more than 20 cancer survivors carrying the Relay for Life banner around the Fieldhouse track. It was an emotional sight, bringing many to tears, including Relay for Life chair Komal Minhas.