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Hundreds participating in Vernon Relay For Life

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Rob Schaloske had the honour of escorting cancer survivors Consie Severson (left) and Annie Bouchard around the oval at Polson Park for the ceremonial Victory Lap Saturday to kick off the annual Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. - roger knox/morning star
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Rob Schaloske had the honour of escorting cancer survivors Consie Severson (left) and Annie Bouchard around the oval at Polson Park for the ceremonial Victory Lap Saturday to kick off the annual Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life.
— image credit: roger knox/morning star

The Lymphomaniacs are there.

So are Walkers For Wally. On The Right Path. Daffodil Dolls.

There are scores of individuals and teams taking part in the annual Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life at Vernon’s Polson Park.

Three generations of Kazmars – mom Annette Kazmar, daughter Karen Baker and Baker’s daughter Alana – are taking part in memory of Kazmar’s husband, George, who lived in Vernon his entire life.

The event, which started Saturday at 6 p.m. and wraps up Sunday at 6 a.m., began with a poignant victory lap carried out by cancer survivors.

The survivors entered through an honour guard conducted by the Buoyant Buddies dragonboat team, complete with raised paddles for the survivors to walk through.

Another beautiful moment occurs at dusk when the oval at Polson Park will be illuminated with candles in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

People take part in teams or as individuals and walk for the entire event or do as many laps as they want.

There is entertainment and activities for all ages, including carnival booths, volleyball tournament, tug-of-war competition and live music all night long.

Funds raised support cancer research, support services, prevention and advocacy efforts.

 

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