“Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level!” – Relay For Life website
The event was held at Killarney Park in Vancouver. I was assigned multiple jobs after I started my shift at 5pm, which included checking in all the volunteers, working at the food booth, and greeting attendees at the parking lot. I was also able to join in with the crowd and do some Zumba for warmups!
To me, the word “cancer” is very scary. I have so much respect for people who have/had cancer and people who have passed away due to cancer, because they have been through what most of us cannot even imagine. The physical and emotional pain for the patients during their treatments is enough to make me break down and cry. When I saw the survivors at the event, their smiles represented that nothing is impossible, and I was glad to join them, “to celebrate, to remember, and to fight back!”
Finally, I would like to say “thank you” to Isaac Yang, who led the event and organized us volunteers! I am so thankful for the opportunity to volunteer at such a worthwhile event and I hope that you can join us next year as well!
Ariel Jingjing Cao
~ muah <3 ~