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Kathy Echlin of A Time For Hope shares “Why I Relay”

Kathy Echlin of A Time For Hope shares “Why I Relay”

You’re invited to Celebrate Life at Relay For Life in Smiths Falls on June 10

Smiths Falls – Kathy Echlin first participated in Relay For Life to support a fellow Guider’s Relay team with one of her best friends, Jane. They both enjoyed their experience and decided to start their own Relay team and asked another cancer survivor/friend to join, among others.

Sometime later Jane found out her husband had brain cancer and unfortunately passed away soon after. Shortly after her husband died, Jane found out she had cancer.

“Thankfully she is a proud survivor!!” Kathy shares. “Our team name became A Time For Hope because when Jane found out about her cancer, we kept telling her it was a time to have hope.”

Kathy with two of her kids who have also done the Relay for years. Ally and Ryan (who also performed on stage the year this was taken) This was “Vegas” year.

“I have many personal connections. The first time I heard the word cancer was when I was around 12 or 13 when my mom and dad had to fly to Newfoundland for my Grandmother’s funeral,” she recalls. “It was a strange word back then, not often spoken about. Today, I’ve had many of my relatives and good friends as well as Relay team mates that have had cancer or passed away from cancer. My very best childhood friend is right now recovering from surgery in Toronto for a very rare form of cancer. Also, just recently we said goodbye to an amazing 24 yr old neighbour who died after bravely fighting lymphoma for 2 yrs.”

2017 marks a big milestone for both Jane and Kathy. It will be their 15th year participating in Relay For Life this June 10th, with their other two best friends following closely behind.

Jane (Left) and Kathy (Right) with their “Mickey Mouse” ears on at a Disney themed Relay

“Our team over the years has included our friends, family, kids and their friends. The Canadian Cancer Society is the only charity that I am part of on an ongoing basis,” Kathy states. “If my doing the Relay helps raise awareness and funds to help even one person, then it makes it all worthwhile for me.”

The Relay For Life in Smiths Falls, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society, is taking place June 10, 2017 from 5pm to 11pm at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. Participants can join the event as individuals, or as part of a team of friends, relatives or coworkers.

“You don’t have to be a large team to join Relay,” Kathy says, “There are teams of 2, 5, 10 or more.”

Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammate or joining in exciting trackside activities, Relay For Life is more than just a cancer walk – it’s a night to celebrate life, remember people you love and fight against cancer.

Join us on track in Smiths Falls for this year’s Canada’s 150th – A Red and White Relay themed event. Whether you have attended every annual Relay or interested in participating for the first time, everyone is welcome to participate.

Featured Photo: The four original A Time For Hope team members (Sharon, Jane, Joy and Kathy)

Cancer Changes Everything. So Can You. Register today by visiting the event website at relayforlife.ca/smithsfalls or contact Anita Carley at the Canadian Cancer Society’s FLA & The Waterways community office at 1-866-877-0309 or email acarley@ontario.cancer.ca.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888 939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.

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