Relay for Life- Iqaluit

Last Saturday was the Relay for LIfe here in Iqaluit.  I joined up with 9 other friends and work colleagues to create a team called “Education for Life”!

Everything always seems to happen last minute.  On Friday morning I causally mentioned I was a ‘cape-making-expert‘ partly because of the capes I made last year for my amazing Indigo Raven Road Trip in the Yukon.  So that lead to me making capes on Friday evening and the wee hours of Saturday morning for our team to wear!  (I finished and was in bed by 3am!) But I think they turned out great.

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…we are just missing the ‘!’ member of our team! I also made 3 kid sized capes with the following on them EDU FOR LIFE

When I decided to walk in the Relay for Life immediately I thought of two people: My gramma a survivor of Breast Cancer…who just finished her treatment a year ago in July and has been in remission since.  The other person was my friend Andrea.  Andrea is my friend from my Toronto livin’ days.  She actually left Toronto and relocated to Australia before I left Toronto to move to Nunavut.  We have kept in touch and had many a late night/early morning convos over the years.  My heart and prayers are with her as she is currently in treatment for Breast Cancer. This was was for you! Wish I wasn’t on the other side of the world…and a wee bit closer for a visit.

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I might be biased but our team had the best “set-up” on the turf…. (the letters spell out E-D-U-C-A-T-I-O-N!)

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Now one of the fun games as we walked was to see what we could spell with our ‘cape letters’… here are a few we caught on camera! It’s not every day you get to be a walking member of a D-U-I!  (I was wearing the U cape!) Relay 4 Life-Iqaluit_0004

Or maybe you just want to say N-O…. or be proud to live in N-U!  (Though my head often thinks  NU = Nipissing University in North Bay where I got my undergrad degree, not NU= Nunavut!) Or you might want to have a ‘N-U-D-E LIFE* !’   (*that’s what’s on the kids’ cape spelled LIFE!)

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Overall it was a fantastic event…great exercise with great people!  There was live music for parts of the event as well as a good dj with tunes to keep us walking. Relay 4 Life-Iqaluit_0005

There was also a Zoomba Class which looked like heaps of fun, but I might have been chicken and didn’t join in that one!  (but at the end of the Relay… Christine came back and did a Yoga cool down, that I did join and enjoy!) Relay 4 Life-Iqaluit_0007Relay 4 Life-Iqaluit_0008

During every Relay for Life participates are welcome to purchase a paper bag and decorate it in memory of loved ones that are currently fighting Cancer, Survivors as well as people that are no longer with us.  This year I decorated two paper bags and was given two candles for them to turn them into Luminaries…. one for my Gramma and one for my friend Andrea.

These Luminaries are lit and then the house lights went down…we did a walk basking the light of the luminaries remembering all of our loved ones who have been affected by Cancer.
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Slowly the house lights came back on after walking a few laps by light from the luminaries. Relay 4 Life-Iqaluit_0012 Relay 4 Life-Iqaluit_0011

The Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society.  Thank you to all my friends and family that generously sponsored me.  I met my fundraising goal of $750!  One of our team members–Melanie was a fundraising superstar! She was the top fundraiser for the event and was gifted a return ticket from Iqaluit to Ottawa via Canadian North…

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Our Team Education for Life raised a total of $12, 385!!!! We were the top team….for fundraising.

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All money raised stays here in Nunavut…it was a great event to be able to take part in…So thankful that I was in Iqaluit and able to participate!

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Everyone is touched by Cancer at some point in life…it was great to be part of such a fun and positive event that is for such a worthy cause.  Overall the Iqaluit Relay for Life made over $38,000…money that will go to good work here in Nunavut via the Canadian Cancer Society! Way to go to all the teams and walkers!

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