Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life participants, sponsors and volunteers kicked off Ottawa’s 11th annual event Thursday night.
The event, which is held in 100 locations across Ontario — including three in Ottawa — this June, is Canada’s biggest cancer fundraiser as well as an opportunity for participants to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight against the disease.
With more than three months until the event, more than 100 teams have registered in Ottawa. More are expected to sign up in coming weeks — all told, 300 teams of 10 to 12 people and 800 volunteers are expected in Nepean on June 12 and Orleans and Stittsville on June 19.
The Ottawa goal is to top $1 million, said event spokeswoman Donna Edwards.
Unlike other fundraisers that raise money for specific cancers, the Relay for Life raises money for research into all types of cancers, said spokeswoman Donna Edwards.