Jesse Willms: Supporting The Relay For Life

Posted by Jesse Willms on April 20, 2011

Anyone who had read my blog before knows that two of my greatest passions in life are philanthropy and track.

Those are the two things that – other than managing my company – give me the most joy in life. I like to help others, and I enjoy the rush of running. That’s why I was excited when I heard about the Relay For Life that is going to be held in Edmonton on May 28 and 29.

The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society – an organization I’ve been more than proud to support in the past. In fact, I’m donating $500 today to help support the event.

The Canadian Cancer Society runs the Relay For Life in all major Canadian cities. It is built on three ideas – to celebrate, to remember and to fight back.

It’s a simple concept. The event celebrates the lives of people who have overcome cancer. Then it remembers our friends, family members and loved ones who lost their battles with cancer. Finally, it encourages the community to fight back and work together to find ways to make cancer a thing of the past.

The event itself is impressive. On a large track there will be dozens of teams walking or running in relay for 12 hours straight. Every person walks or runs for a given amount of time, and then is replaced by a different member of their team, until the event is over.

As part of the remembrance section of the event, luminaries – each representing someone who has lost the battle with cancer – are lit up at dusk along the track in honor of our fallen friends.

The event is a great way for the Canadian Cancer Society to raise money and build awareness for their hard work. Their goal is to find better ways to prevent and treat cancer, as well as eventually discover a cure.

I can’t think of a better mission statement for any organization. Today, the majority of us know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. It doesn’t have to be that way. Together we can work together to make cancer a thing of the past so we can live longer and better lives.

This can only happen if we all work together. That’s why I am proud to have donated money to the cause, and am now doing my best to spread the word about the Canadian Cancer Association’s Relay For Life.