Yarmouth's Relay For Life Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Posted on Sunday, June 18, 2017 07:22 AM

Rain didn't dampen the spirits of those at the Yarmouth Relay for Life last night at Mariners Centre.

The entire event was held in the arena due to the weather, but many still walked the track of luminaries, signifying those who have lost their battle or are continuing to fight cancer.

It was a successful event, as just over $46,000 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Darryl LeBlanc did his part.

For the second year in a row, he raised funds to have his head shaved.

LeBlanc says it feels good helping out an important cause.

"I can live without the hair. There are a lot of people out there that lose their hair because of cancer. I'm a pretty healthy guy, so if I can do my part by just shaving my head and raising a few bucks for the cause, that's great."

LeBlanc also accepted an award, recognizing Coastal Financial Credit Union's continued support as presenting sponsor of the event.

Relay Chair Myla Doucette also had her head shaved and received an award for her service.

Nearly 100 cancer survivors were at the event.

This year's local Ambassador Leanne Schneider was taking part in her second Relay as a survivor, her first coming last year after months of treatments.

Schneider says its wonderful to see so many survivors.

"We're bonded in such a way, that it goes very deep. To be here and look out at all these yellow survivor t-shirts again, it's a wonderful thing."

There were theme laps, music, drumming and karaoke as well.

The total for this year's event will receive the Lockeport Relay for Life's addition of over $20,000.