WINDSOR, N.S. – It was a powerful, poignant day as almost 200 people gathered inside the Windsor Exhibition Grounds for the West Hants Relay for Life, with the track outlined by luminaries.
Survivors released yellow balloons into the air and completed one lap, led by the Honour Guard, before others joined in.
Emotions ran high as the survivors wound around the room reflecting on their individual battles, remembering those that have been lost to cancer.
The night continued on with entertainment by the Fretnotes, ticket auction draws, a 50/50 draw, and several themed laps.
At 8 p.m. the luminaries were lit as silence filled the room in a moment of reflection.
The words HOPE and CURE glowed from either side.
Participants continued to walk until the closing ceremony just before midnight, which wrapped up this year’s Relay for Life.
$28,513 was raised, with the potential for more to come in, which will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society.
Bonnie Smith, one of the relay organizers, said more than 70 cancer survivors participated.