“Relay for Life” with Rogers North

“Relay for Life” with Rogers North

For more than four years, our team at Rogers North has participated in the Relay for Life. The 20+ person group joined together to support the fight against cancer and stand behind fellow co-workers Martina Gulevich (who battled a brain tumor) and Claudia Rivas (who battled Colon Cancer.)

Below are a few words from some of our Rogers North teammates:

Nicole:

“I take part in the Relay for Life because of my grandfather, great aunt and close friends who were affected by cancer. I walk so that one day we will find a cure; so that one day we can live cancer-free. The exhaustion and pain that we endure for a mere 12 hours to walk the track are a small price to pay when the loved ones around us have had to fight so much harder. I’ll walk every year that I can until we can find a cure for this horrible disease!”

Claudia:

“Well this is my second year to participate in this inspirational 12-hour overnight fundraising event. This year was a special year for me as I battled cancer. You always think it only happens to others, not to yourself or a close family members. In my case my mom and I have the same type of cancer (my sister had it as well.) But we are survivors – that’s why I participate in this event. It’s a chance to honour my mom, my sister and myself. Each day we face cancer and fight for life and I believe that with this fundraiser, people can get help and support before it’s too late. In my case, Northern Light hospital here in Fort McMurray had a quick response when I was diagnosed; this is my way to say ‘thanks’ and to pay tribute to those who haven’t been as fortunate.

Janette:

“I took part in the relay for a couple of reasons: I lost my dad & also close friends who passed away much too early due to cancer. We have two wonderful survivors in our office – Martina & Claudia – both of whom I admire and want to support. I also have other close friends fighting every day and I hope by showing support and raising money they will all be survivors.”

Angel:

“With many family and friends affected by cancer, I’m willing to do anything to help fight and find a cure.

Last year it rained all night; we were wet, cold and sore. Near the end of the night I just wanted to get warm and rest, so I went to my tent. When I got there I realized that this is nowhere near the battle our family and friends have gone through as they battle. I had no excuse to give up because those who are battling don’t either! So I got back up and walked those last couple of laps with everyone in my sock feet!”

Rogers North had a goal of raising $2000; with personal pledges, donations, bottle drives & garage sales they surpassed it. They then set the bar to $2500. When they passed that number, they challenged the rest of the Rogers North staff to help get them to the $3000 mark. When the final tally was in, “Team Rogers Rabbits” raised $4050 (a number they plan to beat next year!)

Rogers North would like to extend a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supported the team; from families and children to colleagues who cheered us on and walked alongside us. Also, our thanks to VP Mary Murray, who sponsored team hoodies.

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