Much has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life” is one of them.

This year the Relay will be called “Relay from Home.” Usually, hundreds would flock to Millenium Park to honour those lost by cancer and the many survivors and while that won’t be happening in-person, Co-Chair of Bancroft’s Relay for Life Flo VanderMeer says it will instead be happening online.

“It will be exactly what you expect,” VanderMeer tells the newsroom. On June 13th, a link will be made available on the Relay’s website for people to join the interactive Relay. VanderMeer says there will still be an opening ceremony, survivor speeches, and entertainment throughout nation-wide Relay happening from 7 to 9 PM. “It’s the format we’ve always used for relay for life,” she adds.

“We will celebrate the lives of survivors and those that we’ve lost to cancer,” VanderMeer says.

You can donate through the Canadian Cancer Society’s website, or by reaching out to VandeerMeer at 613-334-1025.

VandeerMeer says they are also selling $5 luminaries that they plan to light and set-off on the 13th at the same time the luminary ceremony is happening during the online event. She says a video of the lighting will be posted to the Bancroft Relay’s Facebook page afterwards.

Last year $75,136.52 was raised during the 12-hour event that was held at Millennium Park.

Written by Mathew Reisler