The dedication of GDHS students helped raise $$22,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society. This is the fifth time the relay has been held at the high school. Organized by co-chairs Taylar Carnegie and Brandie Ellis, the event drew a variety of teams and over 100 spectators.
Ellis welcomed participants and the survivors. Carnegie described the 12 hour event, beginning at dusk, as being symbolic of the journey of a cancer patient as they move from diagnosis to the end of their treatment. “There is no finish line until we find a cure.”
Judy Gillies of the Canadian Cancer Society thanked and congratulated GDHS for their efforts and presented a plaque to Ellis and Carnegie. A touching ceremony at dusk saw the lighting of luminary bags. Throughout the cool evening, entertainment and movies kep the teams busy until breakfast after which most headed home for some sleep.
Source: Transcript & Free Press, June 11, 2009.