"Hearing that I had cancer was probably the scariest thing I've ever had to hear". "It has an impact on treatment outcome", she said".
"She came home to from London to live with me and my children in December 2015 and after various hard rounds of aggressive treatment and complications she died in September 2017 when my children were just 8 and 12".
"Both of these special people bore the disease without complaint or self-pity, never asking 'why me?'" Many gather to remember those they have lost to cancer.
"During that time ahead of the opening ceremonies, we have The Brigadoons who are going to play and the MacCullouch Dancers who will do a performance", explained Allison St-Jean, community fundraising specialist with the cancer society.
"Research is constantly ongoing to beat this cruel disease once, and for all - there is hope". "And I know too many more people who have been touched by cancer". It's something that touches many families and our Million Dollar community is no exception.
It gives those who are fighting cancer, those who have fought - and won the battle for today - as well as those who have taken care of someone who has had cancer or those who have loved someone who lost the battle a place to gather and feel supported behind a united cause - beating cancer for good.
Relay For Life teaches profound life lessons, Coxsackie-Athens Middle School principal David Proper said. Marist is also the only Catholic school in IL to host its own Relay for Life.
Betler said she is doing well now, continuing to take medication to try to prevent her cancer from returning, preparing for what will be her 30th operation and raising money to support the organization that supported her.
"The idea started last August", she said. "That can only happen through research". "Together, our efforts can make a big difference".
The CANSA Relay for Life Committee will be hosting their annual dinner and dance fundraiser on Saturday, July 21, at the MH Joosub Hall, UKZN, Westville Campus.
She said being part in this year's Relay for Life is a way to return the support she and others have received from the society. "Students participate in Relay because it is a way for us as high school students to become heroes and positively affect our world".
Before the survivors' lap, Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and event organiser Janet Geering will welcome everyone to the event and thank all the participants for giving up their time to help the charity.