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'Relay for Life' tops $27,000

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The Fort Frances Curling Club was abuzz all day Saturday as this year's “Relay for Life” participants circled the floor, managing to raise $27,000 during the 12-hour event.

Although this wasn't as much as in years past, head organizer Monica Sus still was very happy with the outcome.

“It was definitely less than other years," she admitted. ”But for the amount of people we had [fundraising], it was tremendous.

“We had about half the amount of people that we've had out in previous years,” Sus noted.

One team managed to raise $5,000 alone, with other ones falling not very far behind that mark.

Events throughout the day included a survivors' celebration, games, music from Ron Cameron, and the distribution of luminaries.

The survivors' ceremony was the highlight of the day, said Sus.

People who have won their battle with cancer were invited to a special lunch, followed by a lap around the track in honour of their triumph.

Before the lap, Jeff Werner, who travelled here from Thunder Bay as a representative from the Canadian Cancer Society, shared a few words.

As well, cancer survivor Sharlene Nicolson gave a heart-felt speech about her and her mother's struggle with the disease.

Survivors then were honoured with a moment of silence and a song, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers.

The lap certainly was emotional. There were tears, smiles, and hugs as the group rounded the track.

“The music that Ben Morelli picked was very touching,” Sus said.

“'Lean on Me' was a great choice.”

Sus also said she was very pleased with the curling club as the new venue for the event, and will return there next year if it's not already booked.

The money raised Saturday will go to the Canadian Cancer Society, but a portion of it will stay here to help local cancer patients.

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