Flanked by RCMP officers

Teens raise thousands for Langley Relay for Life

The volunteers are still counting donations and adding to the $130,000 already raised.

Sydney and Alex Edwards had plenty of reasons to be at the Langley Relay for Life before this year.

The teenagers, 17 and 15 years old, have a grandfather who has survived cancer, and they started taking part in Relay for Life from a young age, starting at Glenwood Elementary.

But this was the first year the siblings were relaying for their father, Dean, who died from lung cancer in March.

Her dad was diagnosed about a year before he passed away, said Sydney.

He had always been supportive of their involvement in Relay for Life, which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

“He loved it. He thought it was awesome,” Sydney said.Sydney and Alex Edwards

Dean was in chemotherapy last year and was not strong enough to take part in the survivor’s lap which starts every Relay for Life.

Even before that, Sydney and Alex had been involved.

Sydney was in Grade 5 when she joined her first team, even though only Grade 6 and 7 students were supposed to be allowed to take part. She said she wanted to go with some friends and begged to come.

Alex has also participated for about eight years, but was so young when he began that he was only allowed to stay for a few hours. For the last four years, he’s been taking part in the entire Relay, which until this year lasted 12 hours, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

This year the teenagers were singled out for special praise at the end of the now six-hour event.

Mayor Jack Froese noted that each of them were tied for the second highest amount of money raised by an individual. Alex and Sydney each raised $4,630.

Their father would want them to keep going, the teenagers said.

“So this doesn’t happen to other kids, and other families,” Sydney said.

A member of Relay’s youth committee for several years, she also has an ambitious goal for the next event.

“Our goal for next year is to get all the high schools [involved],” she said.

At the end of the six-hour event, Froese announced that the Langley Relay for Life had raised more than $130,000 this year, and still counting. Volunteers were accepting donations and selling luminaries through the night to participants and visitors.

This year’s Relay saw a number of changes, including the shorter time, but kept many traditions over the last 12 years. After dark, there was a moment of silence to remember lives lost to cancer, while candles in luminaries were lit around the track.

A sports theme this year meant there was a station where hockey lovers could test the power of their shots, and a boot camp course. Food trucks were kept busy, but many teams also barbecued or brought their own snacks to keep fuelled for the night.

The next Langley Relay for Life, the 13th, is scheduled for June 9, 2017.

• Electronic copies of the photographs below can be ordered for personal reproduction purposes by calling 604-534-8641 or emailing editor@langleyadvance.com

See more photos HERE.

Just Posted

COMMUTER ALERT: Serious pedestrian crash closes Pacific Highway

Traffic along 176th Street, 4th to 8th Avenue, is blocked while Mounties continue to investigate.

Giants owner Ron Toigo to get BC Sports Hall of Fame W.A.C. Bennett Award

Head of Langley-based hockey team to be honoured at May induction gala

UPDATED: Touching note left on Langley veteran’s windshield

A veteran hopes the writers of a note know how much he was touched by their kind words. They do.

VIDEO: Young Langley boy uses his grief to help other kids suffering loss

Thursday Langley Hospice hosts its Paint the Town Blue campaign to spotlight child bereavement.

LETTER: Canada should not be selling weapons abroad

A Langley man is critical of Canada for selling arms that are being used to kill civilians.

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Tubing, skating, light display part of new winter festival in Vancouver

Set to open Nov. 23, the six-week festival will take over Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Centre

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Regulatory confusion over ‘toxic’ stink near Abbotsford school

Officials sniffing out which regulators responsible for enforcing compliance at neighbouring property

Most Read