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Greater South West Montreal’s 5th annual Relay For Life set for June 7

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By Stuart Nulman – Montreal Times

For a 12-hour period on June 7, LaSalle Park in Lachine will light up with the footsteps of over 700 participants in their quest to help conquer cancer, as the Canadian Cancer Society will hold the fifth annual Greater South West Montreal Relay For Life.

“I have lost so many people to cancer, and I wanted to make sure that one of these days, a solution will be found to finally eradicate cancer,” said Louise Arsenault, who has been involved with this Relay For Life since it began five years ago, and has served as the event’s Co-President for the past four years (another Relay For Life is scheduled for June 6 in Pierrefonds at the Centre Sportif George Springate). “We want to show our friends who are battling cancer that we do support them.”

From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day, 40 teams of between 10-15 people each will walk along the length of LaSalle Park in a
family-oriented event that will celebrate friends and family members who have survived cancer, and remember those who unfortunately have lost their battles to this dreaded disease. Ms. Arsenault stated that this year’s goal is to raise a total of $100,000, which will add to the $400,000 that were raised over the past four relays.

Besides the teams raising money through sponsors, additional funds will be raised at the event through the sale of special paper
lanterns for $5 each, which will light up the entire path of the relay, and are available in different colors that will celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battles with cancer.

Ms. Arsenault also said that throughout the 12-hour event, there will be plenty of free entertainment by local bands and personalities for the general public to enjoy, and encourages people from the area to come by and enjoy the festivities. “We will have appearances by our spokesperson Marc-Andre Fortin, the winner of the 2005 Star Academie, who survived a bout with tongue cancer; as well as performances by the Samajam Brazilian percussion group, the Resurrection Centre Choir, local singers Lise Lacroix and William Coallier – who is only eight years old – as well as plenty of roving animators and inflatable games for the kids.”

“The Relay For Life is a family affair,” she added. “It’s like a party and is a good way to show how much we appreciate life, and to commemorate loss.”

For more information, please contact Ms. Arsenault at lmarsenault9@yahoo.ca or mpcl@videotron.ca. If you are interested to forming a team for the Greater South West Montreal Relay For Life, contact Anne-Marie Lelievre at 514-255-5151, ext. 5112.

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