Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to Northern Journal publisher Don Jaque, but highlights the remarkable community effort that drove another goal-smashing Relay for Life in Fort Smith last July.
My name is Shari Olsen and on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society I would like to thank you and the Hay River Lions Club for your support and commitment towards this year’s Relay for Life in Fort Smith.
A total of 110 volunteers, 125 participants and 15 teams contributed their time and hearts to this year’s event, allowing us to raise more than $155,811 in Fort Smith. This success could not have been realized without our sponsors and the community effort of all of our supporters in Fort Smith.
Money raised through Relay for Life allows us to continue to fight cancer by funding the most promising cancer research, support programs and services for people living with the disease, comprehensive cancer information, prevention initiatives and advocacy for public health policy.
Thanks to sponsorships such as yours, we are able to put more fundraising dollars towards our mission and keep administrative costs low. Society supporters like you have the most impact against the most cancers. With your help, we will reach the day when no Canadian has to fear cancer.
Thank you again for standing beside us as we celebrated survivors and remembered loved ones lost to the disease. We hope you will continue to fight back by supporting Relay for Life next year.
Fort Smith Relay for Life event chair
Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT