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Relay for Life raises more than $100,000

The survivors
The survivors' lap kicks off Relay for Life after a few speeches at Skeena Middle School track May 10.
— image credit: MARGARET SPEIRS

The Relay for Life highlights included another money motherload of more than $100,000 raised and kicked off with speeches, including one that defined the meaning of the word 'survivor.'

Relay for Life donors gave a whopping $134,088.03, the total as of May 13 and in past years, more money has come in afterward so that may not be the final amount.

Makisha Bauer, one of a few who gave speeches before the event began, said she had thought the meaning of the word survivor had to do with dealing with pain but it's dictionary definition is much different.

She said a survivor is a person who prospers, thrives and grows in the face of fear and pain.

Bauer was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was 15 and learned three things while fighting it.

First was to open your mind and think about what you have control of because that's all yours, secondly is that nothing is bigger than you, which is what her mom would tell her before she would go for surgery or chemotherapy and the third was love – she never told people she loved them when she was younger – and she learned that it's important to love those around you and to love, support and encourage them.

People around you are all equals and neither above nor below you, she said.

She advised everyone to not forget their past because it has made them stronger and not to dwell in the past because you are here today.

AFterward, chair Kory Tanner said the whole day was “awesome.”

People enjoyed the theme “Carnival for a Cure” and teams had games at their tents for others to try.

The goal was to get families, young people and the community involved and it happened.

Tanner thanked the volunteers for their time, those who sponsored the event and those who donated.

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