Did you know…The reason that most people don’t make a donation is because they aren’t asked.

Take this 10-day challenge to reach (or exceed!) your minimum fundraising goal!

Day Activity Pledge Amount Total
Day 1 Pledge yourself. $10 $10
Day 2 Email an out-of-town relative, asking them to donate $10. $10 $20
Day 3 Ask a family member to pledge you $10. $10 $30
Day 4 Ask your boss for a company contribution of $10. $10 $40
Day 5 Ask a co-worker to donate $10. $10 $50
Day 6 Ask someone from your place of worship, your gym or your social group for a pledge of $10. $10 $60
Day 7 Ask someone from your social media network to contribute $10. $10 $70
Day 8 Ask one of your closest friends to pledge you $10. $10 $80
Day 9 Ask 2 neighbors to donate $5.00 each. $10 $90
Day 10 Ask someone you’ve donated to for another cause to return the favour and donate $10. $10 $100
Grand Total Raised $100

*Whenever someone you for $10 or more online, they will receive a tax receipt instantly!

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Did you know…The reason that most people don’t make a donation is because they aren’t asked.

Take this 7-day challenge to make a final fundraising push!

Day Activity Pledge Amount Total
Day 1 Pledge yourself. $20 $20
Day 2 Use your Participant Centre to email 10 out-of-town relatives, asking them to donate $10 each. $10 $100
Day 3 Ask 4 family members to pledge you $20 each. $20 $80
Day 4 Ask your boss for a company contribution of $50. $50 $50
Day 5 Ask 5 co-workers to donate $10 each. $10 $50
Day 6 Ask 5 people from your place of worship, your gym or your social group for a pledge of $10 each. $10 $50
Day 7 Ask 5 local friends to contribute $10 each. $10 $50
Grand Total Raised                $400

*Whenever someone you for $10 or more online, they will receive a tax receipt instantly!

by Jacinthe Guitard

The first time I heard about cancer, I was 9 years old. My mother had just learned that she had breast cancer. It was in 1971 and at that time, cancer research and treatments were not very advanced. Four years later, her cancer had generalized and I lost my mother. She was 59 and I was 13. For a young girl, it was a harsh reality. Because of this terrible disease, all my life events – my graduation, my wedding, and the birth of my children – were marked by a huge void.Jacinthe

In 1997, my brother was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that typically affects children. My brother was one of the rare adults to be diagnosed with this type of cancer. He endured 14 months of chemotherapy and 35 radiation treatments. After 18 months of treatment, he was finally cured. He had 16 beautiful cancer-free years, but then, two years ago, he learned that he had an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as leukemia. He just completed 8 months of chemotherapy and is now in remission.

During the years when my brother was healthy, cancer came back to touch our family too many times. My sister had a cancer of the meninges (the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) and had no chance at all. She died only a few months after the diagnosis. My two other sisters also had breast cancer. Fortunately, because of advancements in research and treatments, they are now proud cancer survivors.

So, if you ask me why I Relay, the answer is simple. I Relay to help fund research that will ensure that my family and others do not lose the people we love too early. Research can change the world and I know it. I have lost loved ones but some are also still with me and that is fantastic!

I also raise funds and walk the track at Relay For Life so that one day, no other 13 year old girl will have to face growing up and living through her life’s most important moments without her mother by her side.

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine that one donor can have a real impact in the fight against cancer.

But, we want to show you the incredible impact that one more donor can make.

Last year, 44,171people participated in Relay For Lifein Ontario. The average online donation made to those participants was $47.27.

So, what if each participant found one more donor?

44,171participants X one donation of $47.27 = $2,087,963

One more donor. That’s all it would take. If each Relay participant asked one more friend, family member, colleague or neighbor for one more donation, we could raise more than $2 million!

The Power of One Donation

We also want to help give you some perspective on the impact of a single donation:

A donation of $35 will empower one cancer patient with the information they needto better understand their diagnosis and make informed decisions about their health.

A donation of $50 will provide transportation for one cancer patient to a life-saving treatment appointment, so that they can focus on getting well, not on how they will get to treatment.

A donation of $125 will connect one patient with a cancer survivor who has “been there,” providing compassion and emotional support from diagnosis through recovery.

A donation of $300 covers the cost of the cancer cells needed for one research project.

Ask one more friend, family member, colleague or neighbour to make a donation today, and help make an even greater impact on the lives of those living with cancer.

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.

1. Ask, ask, ask!

People won’t say yes if you don’t ask them the question! We know it can be a bit intimidating, but the more you ask, the easier it gets. Who can you ask for donations? Everybody!! Ask your friends, family, social media contacts, neighbours, dentist, doctor, lawyer, personal trainer, hairstylist, florist, the owner of your favourite restaurant and so on.

2. Share your story!

People give to people. They are more likely to donate to someone they share a common interest with. Share why you Relay and let people know why the fight is so important to you. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WhyIRelay when sharing your story on social media.

3. Set a goal

Setting a fundraising goal is one of the easiest and most effective ways to motivate yourself and your donors to raise more money. The visible goal and progress meter on your personal fundraising page encourage your donors to help you be successful and also help them to feel part of that success. Set your goal to $100 to start, and make adjustments each time you reach your goal.

4. Make use of a hobby or talent

Maybe you bake, teach yoga, sew, cook, sing, dance…whatever it might be, offer an evening of entertainment or lesson to your friends, family or colleagues in exchange for a donation to your Relay team.

5. Matching gifts

Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program. They just might be able to double your efforts!

6. Pledge yourself

Put your money where your heart is and show your donors that you have invested in achieving your own goal. Motivate them to give by giving yourself.

7. Hold a pre-event fundraiser

Relay For Life is the main event, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold team fundraisers leading up to event day! Invite supporters to a garage sale, community car wash, chili cook-off or golf tournament to help raise funds for your team. With endless event possibilities, the key is to be creative, organized and to have fun!

8. Show impact

Tell your potential donors where the money goes! They may be more likely to give if they understand how their donation will help in the fight against cancer.

9. Fundraise on Facebook and email

Did you know that you can raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society through Facebook? Download our Facebook app today and extend your fundraising efforts to your network of Facebook friends. Send and schedule Newsfeeds, update your profile picture with the Relay For Life logo, and keep your Facebook friends up to date on your fundraising progress.

Facebook is a great way to collect additional donations from family and friends near and far, but don’t forget to send personalized emails asking for a pledge. Research tells us that as many as 1 in 4 emails will result in a donation!

10. Don’t forget to say thank you!

The best way to make your donors feel good about pledging you at Relay is to thank them (and thank them again!!). Share a photo of you and your team on event night, post on their Facebook wall, and of course, say thanks in person if you get the chance. It’s the best way to make sure they donate again.

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.”