Relay for Life kicks off

Posted: January 29, 2015 9:40 a.m.

Perry Martens, sessional lecturer with the Department of Economics and cancer survivor
Perry Martens, sessional lecturer with the Department of Economics and cancer survivor Photo courtesy of Doug O’Brien, Planning Committee Member, Relay for Life

After three successful events, students at the University of Regina will bring the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature event, Relay for Life, back to campus for its fourth consecutive year.

Perry Martens, a sessional lecturer with the Department of Economics, has battled cancer and is encouraging students, faculty and staff to get involved. He would like to use his journey and fight with cancer to help others who are currently battling the disease, or are affected by it.

“Cancer isolates, but also provides the opportunity for deep connections within communities as they rally around survivors and their families,” explains Martens. “I have an unspeakable gratitude for the support given to myself and my family through this journey, especially during treatment for this disease.

“Speaking for myself and other cancer survivors and those who have battled this disease, I am thankful for the work done by so many people connected with the Canadian Cancer Society. They raise awareness and funds for cancer research and provide wonderful care for families in crisis. In particular, I am appreciative of the efforts of those involved in the Relay for Life and look forward to participating for the first time in this event,” says Martens.

With 274 participants and volunteers, the University of Regina’s third Relay for Life event in 2014 raised a total of $35,399. Combined with money raised from the previous events, the total amount raised through the University event is $103,056. These funds have helped the Canadian Cancer Society lead cancer research to better prevent cancer, influence public policy for quality cancer care, focus support programs toward the crucial needs of patients and caregivers, and engages more Canadians in the fight against cancer.

Martens, along with President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons, kicked off Relay for Life this week at the Research and Innovation Centre Atrium.

On March 20 at 7 p.m. teams of 6 to15 people will gather together at the U of R (CKHS Gym 3). Students, alumni, faculty and community members who attend will be joining a global movement that brings together more than 200,000 people throughout Canada each year. The event involves a 12-hour, overnight, non-competitive relay. It’s a night to celebrate cancer survivors, and to honour and remember loved ones.

For more information visit: www.relayforlife.ca/sk.