Sabrina Moreino was a typical and vibrant 13-year-old teenager when she received the terrible news that she had cancer. Diagnosed with an extremely rare germ cell tumor on her right ovary, Sabrina went through surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy before being declared cancer free in 2010.

After receiving a clean bill of health, Sabrina found out her father’s band was going to be performing at a local Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life event and decided to tag along. What she experienced that day was nothing remotely close to what she had expected.

Upon arriving at the event, she was welcomed, given a yellow shirt to wear and was invited to participate in the Survivors’ Victory Lap. “I didn’t expect it to be as emotional as it was,” explained Sabrina. “Walking around the track, it amazed me to see all of the kind faces and people clapping for strangers. Everyone was so supportive, it was an unreal and amazing experience.”3-25-2014 12-09-40 PM

Relay For Life is more than a fundraiser – it’s a global movement against cancer, taking place in 20 countries worldwide, including over 500 communities across Canada. Every dollar raised at Relay For Life helps the Canadian Cancer Society have more impact against more cancers in more communities than any other cancer charity in Canada.

In 2011, Sabrina and her friends put together a team named Moreino’s Military. They attend Relay For Life dressed in military outfits and over the past few years have raised over $6,000. For Sabrina, being able to participate in the event with her friends is special, as they were there to support her throughout her battle with cancer. “It was amazing to see my friends get a glimpse into what others are diagnosed with every day,” said Sabrina. “They have always been there for me when I needed them the most.”

Sabrina now attends at least one Relay For Life event every year, where she sings our national anthem. “Relay For Life is an amazing cause that one cannot fully understand until you attend. Try it once and you will instantly want to come back, year after year.”