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Relay for Life team honours Laurier professor’s daughter

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Jun 8/09

Anne Wilson and Pamela Sadler are two Laurier professors who will lace up their sneakers to support the Canadian Cancer Society in this year’s Relay for Life. The two are raising money in memory of Reilly Jordan, daughter of fellow psychology professor Christian Jordan. Reilly passed away last year from leukemia.

“She is in our hearts and minds and has inspired us to join in the Relay for Life as Reilly’s Midnight Runners,” says Wilson. “As a parent myself, I saw this family go through an unimaginable tragedy. Their strength, determination, and love and support for Reilly through her difficult treatments were simply inspiring. Forming the Relay for Life team is one way that we can remember what a special little girl Reilly was while we work toward the goal of greater hope for others fighting cancer now and in the future.”

Reilly was two years old when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia (acute myelogenous leukemia) in March 2008. Despite courageously battling the cancer, Reilly passed away four months later.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a national charity event and tribute to the lives of those who have been touched by cancer. Teams of up to 10 people participate in an overnight non-competitive relay, taking turns walking, running or strolling around a track. In 2008, over 200,000 Canadians participated in the Relay for Life and over $50 million was raised.

This year’s Kitchener-Waterloo Relay for Life is taking place June 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.

“With money raised from their various fundraising efforts, the Canadian Cancer Society funds the most promising and leading-edge Canadian research on cancer of all types,” says Wilson. “They also provide essential support programs for those living with cancer and advocate and educate on cancer prevention.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit Reilly’s Midnight Runners Relay for Life team page here. 


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