Canadian Cancer Society now recruiting ‘special agents’ for 2019 Relay for Life

Above, (Left to right) Allison St. Jean, Community Fundraising Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society posed beside Evelyn Berniqué, cancer survivor and Relay For Life supporter. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL — The countdown to the 2019 Relay For Life is on! The local organizing committee is pleased to announce that this year’s event will be held on Friday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Maxville Fair Grounds.

Members of the public are invited to bring together a team of friends, family or co-workers to collect donations and take turns walking around the track. The James Bond themed event will include the opening ceremony, fun activities including a Casino Royale along with the moving late night luminary ceremony.

“I’m thrilled to be on board and support The Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event”, says Evelyn Berniqué, cancer survivor and Relay For Life supporter. I look forward to joining fellow survivors during the opening ceremony victory lap.”

“At the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) we know that while cancer changes people, it doesn’t have to define them. We believe that life is bigger than cancer. That’s why today, on World Cancer Day, we want to officially kick off our Relay For Life season.  We invite you to continue to help us make a difference for the 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime by registering your team online at” says Allison St. Jean, Community Fundraising Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society.

Funds raised support Canada’s most promising cancer research and vital support services.Through each dollar raised and each lap completed, our community will be able to improve the outcomes for people living with cancer.

Evelyn Bernique Biography

Life is bigger than cancer and Vankleek Hill resident Evelyn Berniqué knows firsthand that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to define a person.

Evelyn first learned she had cancer after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis just days before the 1998 ice storm. She would come face to face again with this terrible disease in 2014 when she was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma to undergo two and a half years of treatment. In November of 2016, Evelyn would receive the news that her breast cancer had return. This time

leaving her with only one option, to get a mastectomy. Unfortunately, for Evelyn her journey with cancer didn’t stop there. In 2017 she received a new cancer diagnosis, this time in her colon.

As Evelyn has experienced, cancer can change everything. But it doesn’t have to define who you are. Cancer is not something you can run from. It’s something you can run with.

Today, Evelyn continues to do the things she loves including overseeing the organization of the Annual Gauley Breakfast in Vankleek Hill, which raises money each year to support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope and, every June you will find her in Maxville at Relay For Life proudly walking the track in her yellow survivor shirt amongst others in our

Evelyn’s message is simple. Ensure that you visit your doctor regularly for your watch closely for changes in your body on an ongoing basis. Early detection can save your life.

Thanks to the community support at events like Relay For Life, The Canadian Cancer Society can continue to assist people affected by cancer like Evelyn live longer and enhance their quality of life.

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