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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!

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

By Johanne Roy, The Blue Butterflies Team Captain

A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It was from that moment that I realized the importance of participating in Relay For Life. I always knew that cancer was a terrible disease and that it affects many people, but before being directly touched by this awful disease, I had never thought about getting involved in fundraising events. I was very proud when I heard that people in my community had raised money for the cause, but I was never conscious of what I could do to contribute. In fact, it was much easier to tell myself, from the comfort of my home, that the people who participated in fundraising events were doing hard work and that they were very brave. When I think about it, I regret that I did not realize the importance of giving my time to fight cancer until someone close to me was touched by it.

This message certainly does not mean that I blame those people who stay in their routine and believe they don’t have the time or the talent to make a difference, because I was in their shoes not so long ago. On the contrary, this message is simply to tell everyone that it is easy and gratifying to get involved. You can go gradually like I did. Here is my story.

When my father told me about his experience as a survivor at his first Relay For Life, I had tears in my eyes. I was surprised to hear that he felt like a real Hollywood star when he walked around the track proudly wearing his yellow t-shirt. From that moment, I told myself that I absolutely had to participate in the event. So I registered in a team and had my first experience as a member of the Blue Butterflies team the next year. That night changed my perception of the disease. From that moment, I knew that I had to fight until it did not exist anymore. I don’t know if it was fate that was giving me a sign or if it was only a coincidence, but I learned that the team captain could not assume her role anymore. So I followed my instincts and decided to take charge of the Blue Butterflies team. Thanks to the recruitment of an exceptional team that always gets deeply involved, we have managed, in the last four years, to organize fundraising activities that are very successful. Whether it is a hockey pool, a bottle drive, the organization of a fashion show or a curling tournament, my team knows how to step up. It is indeed because of my team’s determination that we have had so much success.

Since I took over the role of team captain, many people around me have been touched by cancer. In fact, this terrible disease took my little nephew’s life. He was only four years old. I told myself that with research, experts will eventually find a cure and that one day another child like him will see his fifth birthday. That is why I encourage you to get involved. You will quickly realize that any action to fight cancer is rewarding. I sincerely believe that with the incredible effort of all the volunteers, one day, we will eradicate cancer.