7:30 a.m., May 5)
Wilson Relay4Life raises over $50,000 for cancer research
By Fred Sherwin
survivor Monica Baker is joined by her
niece Carly Huismann and nephew Martin Huismann during the opening lap of the Cairine Wilson Secondary School
Relay4Life event on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
than 350 students, staff and parents from Carine Wilson
Secondary School gathered at the Navan Fairgrounds on
Friday to take part in a 12-hour "Relay4Life"
event, capping off a six week campaign that raised over
ninth annual event was held at the fairgrounds in honour
of former Navan resident Hannah Billings who was the inspiration
behind the very first CW "Relay4Life" after
she succumbed to cancer in 2006 at the age of nine.
in past years, this year's Relay4Life was kicked off with
an opening ceremony honouring local cancer survivors including
former CJOH anchor Max Keeping who put the students fundraising
efforts in perspective.
year you raised $46,000. That $46.000 went into $400,000
that went to Dr. Robert Bell to fund human trials of a
virus that kills other cancer viruses. The clinical trials
were started in California and are now moving up to Ottawa
and its the money you raised that helped in developing
this clinical trial," said Keeping. "So you
are making a difference and you will continue to make
cancer survivor Monica Baker addressed the students for
the fifth year in row since she was diagnosed with ovarian
years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer, they told
me I had a 20 per cent chance of living five years and
here I am," said Baker who is about to begin another
round of chemotherapy treatments on Monday. "My goal
was to see my two daughters graduate from high school
my eldest daughter graduated last year and my youngest
daughter will graduate next year."
self-professed Guinea Pig, Baker took part in a clinical
trial that temporarily arrested her cancer for 16 months
before it came back "with a vengeance". She's
currently waiting to take part in another trial that has
reversed cancers in a number of subjects.
go on these clinical trials to make a difference and because
I have nothing to lose and everything to gain not just
for myself but for future patients who might one day benefit
it," said Baker, whose niece and nephew attend Cairine
students were divided into teams of five to 10 members.
Some wore costumes fitting this year's theme which was
"Fighting Cancer One Decade At A Time."
the second year in a row, Kelly McGruer took home top
prize for raising the most amount of money with contributions
totalling $2,980, while "The Ancient Greeks"
won the team award with $5,152.75 in contributions, besting
the amount they raised last year by $800.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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