Be sure to discuss who on your team is bringing which items so that everyone can have a safe and comfortable experience at Relay For Life!

  • Sunscreen – SPF 15 or higher
  • Wide brimmed hats
  • Bug spray
  • Tent
  • Lawn chairs
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Flashlights, camping light
  • Camera
  • Paper towels
  • Personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper (just in case)
  • Extra pair of shoes, socks and change of clothes
  • Sweaters/fleece in case of cool weather
  • Masking tape and scissors for tent decorations
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Campsite decorations and team outfits
  • Cards, games, reading materials, etc.
  • Cooler for drinks, snacks, etc. While food is provided at the event, you may wantto coordinate with your team and bring snacks to keep you going through the night
  • Money to purchase luminaries
  • Any funds that have not been turned in

What Not To Pack

Please remember that alcohol, smoking and open fires are not permitted at Relay.

  1. If you haven’t reached your fundraising goal, log in to your participant centre and start sending emails! Send emails to those friends and family who have yet to make a donation and tell them how soon the event is – they may just have forgotten to make a pledge and will appreciate the friendly reminder.
  1. Have you asked your employer if they have a matching gift program? They just might be able to double your efforts!
  1. Reach out through Facebook and Twitter. Social media can be an extremely effective tool in sharing your Relay experience with your network of friends and followers. Tell your friends and followers how you will be spending your Friday night and ask them to support your efforts. Don’t forget to use #WhyIRelay!

bluebutterflyRelay is finally here! Each of us on the Blue Butterflies team is looking forward to once again experiencing exceptional Relay moments with all of the survivors who fought so hard,  with all the volunteers who give their time and with all of the participants who have worked hard to raise funds to fight back against cancer. It is with pride that we will walk hand in hand throughout the night. We hope that during this journey, you will remember that any contribution can make a difference when we join together in the fight against cancer.

All of the team members of the Blue Butterflies wish you good luck and a good Relay!

At Relay For Life, each participant and survivor receives a Relay t-shirt when they register, but many teams outfit themselves with costumes and décor beyond what’s provided. Here are some tips for adding a little extra team spirit to your Relay experience:

Champion a theme
Find out if your event has a specific theme and get creative! For example, if your event’s theme is “Around the World,” decorate your tent site like your favourite country or ask each teammate to bring a snack reflective of another culture.

Go big
Whether your event has a set theme or not, get creative and show your team spirit! Many Relay teams sport costumes and accessories while they lap the track, and adorn their tent site while they’re at it. Are you cancer fighting ninjas? Or, perhaps a beach theme speaks to you while you promote sun safety? Whatever you decide, you and your team are sure to enjoy showing off your collective creativity.

Be loud and proud
You don’t have to show up in costume to let your team’s presence be known! Consider coming up with a cool handshake to celebrate laps around the track, or short chant everyone can belt out at the top of each hour for motivation!

Team spirit can be shown in many ways, and whether you dress up or sing loud, know that each Relay team is bound together by the ultimate theme:  being proud cancer fighters.

In 1999, Carrie Walker-Boyd learned she had stage 4B Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood system cancer diagnosed in an estimated 1,000 Canadians yearly. Initially, Carrie was relieved. She finally knew what was going on in her body.

Diagnosed at only 26, Carrie quit her new job to undergo treatment but wanted to keep busy. With a Canadian Cancer Society office around the corner from her house, Carrie walked in to get information about Hodgkin lymphoma and walked out with a new opportunity: a volunteer role requiring only a few hours a week, in a warm and welcoming environment that lifted her spirits between treatments.

“Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society opened my eyes to just how much work they do for people fighting cancer,” remarks Carrie. “The stem cell transplant I underwent as part of my treatment was a result of research funded by the Society. I’m a strong supporter of their fundraising events as I know firsthand what type of impact the money raised can have.”

That same year, Carrie attended her first Relay For Life event in her community. She was so moved the event, by the end of the night, Carrie had signed up to participate and volunteer for the following year’s Relay.

“What I enjoy most about being on the Relay For Life committee is that everyone is there for the same purpose — to fight cancer and ensure the event is a success,” says Carrie. “Several of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. The better we make the event, the more people we will draw in and the more donations we can collect.”

By Jacinthe Guitard

Each year, we have a lot of fun decorating our Relay campsite. Since our theme is based on a true story, “The Blue Butterfly,” a film about healing and hope, it is very easy for us to find a multitude of decorations related to it.

BB campsite

To start, we made a big sign on which we wrote the word HOPE. Near this sign, we bring a tree and invite people to tie a message of hope for a loved one. After the Relay, all those messages are brought to our local church for the mass that is held the day after Relay. That tree is very significant as it represents the hope for cures. People are touched by it and find it a very good idea. Then, we attach balloons on our trailer and everywhere on our site. For the final touch, we add a huge quantity of butterflies all over our site. There is definitely creative talent among our team members since we have won first prize for best decorated site in the past!

We all proudly wear a baseball cap that we have decorated with butterflies and we each carry a net to catch butterflies when we do the lap around the track. We also play the theme song of the movie “Le Papillon Bleu” during our lap. When they introduce our team, we have tam-tams to make noise so that people take notice of our team. We want people to know who we are!

By The Blue Butterflies

Being part of Relay allows me to experience dynamic people in my community who devote themselves to supporting cancer research. Each week, we learn that cancer has affected a relative, a friend or a child. My contribution may feel small but it makes me even more sensitive to the ravages of the disease when it strikes a family. This research will help find effective treatments and put a stop to this terrible disease. I am part of the Blue Butterflies team because I lost a brother who had a brain tumor and because I have a friend who has a 5 year old son who has been fighting against cancer for more than a year now. I have a wonderful family and grandchildren that I love and life is so fragile.

–          Jeanne


I have been part of the Blue Butterflies team from the very beginning. Cancer affects so many people. We need to combat this terrible disease and I thought if I got involved in Relay For Life, at least I could give my time to the cause. I love to see people gathering at Relay. It touches me so much to see all the people who attend and who fight hard against this terrible disease. Giving my time is nothing compared to the suffering of those fighting cancer everyday. It makes me feel good to do my small part to help support cancer research.

–          Edith


In 2011, I received the difficult news that my dad, at the age of only 54 years, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Only one month later, he had surgery. My dad was someone who worked hard and never took enough time for himself. During the 8 weeks after his operation, he had plenty of time to think and realize how short life can be and how important it is to enjoy it.

In 2013, cancer touched our family again – this time it was my mom who was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Again, the treatment was quick- only one month after diagnosis, she had her operation. After being moral support to my dad during his cancer experience, now she needed support.

Today, I can say that in our even with these challenges, my family is doing well. We are confident that both my parents will remain cancer-free. A few years ago, when I got the invitation to join the Blue Butterflies team, I accepted without hesitation.  I hope with all my heart that the work all the Relay teams will mean that one day we will not have to fear this disease!

–          Stephanie