Cathy Hurd and Brianne Anderson are longtime Relay for Life volunteers readying for their last relay. (Photo submitted)

Volunteers at the heart of Relay for Life

The 2017 Relay for Life will be held Saturday (June 3) from 5-11 p.m. at Rotary Bowl stadium

As organizers prepare for Nanaimo’s final Relay for Life, they’re acknowledging those who helped carry the baton all these years.

The 2017 Relay for Life will be held Saturday (June 3) from 5-11 p.m. at Rotary Bowl stadium.

“A lengthy period of local Canadian Cancer Society history will come to an end as the team of dedicated volunteers responsible for its planning bids farewell to Nanaimo’s 16th and final Relay for Life,” notes an event press release.

The event is winding down due to declining participation in recent years.

The final relay “will be an emotional occasion for many,” including for the Cathy Hurd and her daughter Brianne Anderson, who have co-ordinated the survivors’ dinner the past several years. Anderson has been involved in the event for 10 years; Hurd for five.

“I’m sad about this end of an era, not only because it’s been a huge part of my life, but also because having a relay in Nanaimo when it was really busy and buzzing, it was greatly empowering,” said Anderson.

The women expect to remain involved in fundraising for the cancer society.

“I’m sure there’ll be another, brand-new event that will bring everyone together, all fighting for the same cause,” Anderson said.

For more information about the event or to register or donate, please visit www.relayforlife.ca/nanaimo.