This year’s Relay for Life in Yellowknife saw participants raise more than $135,000 on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The 2015 edition of the annual event beat last year’s fundraising total by $11,000, according to the society’s Alberta and NWT division.
The 12-hour overnight relay took place on the running track of Yellowknife’s William McDonald Middle School. Supported by entertainment from local musicians, 18 teams walked through the night to raise money.
More details: Website of the Canadian Cancer Society
Judith Sharp was one of the participants. The 72-year-old – who was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in 2000 and declared in remission in 2006 – shaved her head for charity as this year’s event began.
“Earlier this year, I got a brand new cancer: a skin cancer on my arm,” Sharp told Moose FM. “I had to have that removed through surgery.
“Instead of a 15-year survivor, I’m now a two-month survivor. But that keeps me going.
“When I came back from my first cancer treatments, I heard people say: ‘Judy, we’re thinking of going to Scotland in two years.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh Lord, I don’t even know if I’ll be here for Christmas.’ I’m so happy that I’m here today.”
Below, take a look at some photos from this year’s Relay for Life. All photos courtesy of Lee Sacrey Photography.