Because of COVID-19 the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) modified its annual relay for life fundraiser, opting for a virtual edition this year.
The Coaticook branch of the event, held in June, managed to raise close to $50,000 for essential programs and cancer research. Nationally, the event raised over $4.3 million for the CCS.
According to CCS representative Stéphanie Crête, it was an emotional year for local relay team The Bravehearts, one of the top fundraising teams in Coaticook, participating in their 16th and final relay.
Started by Karen and Christine (Chrissy) Guillette in 2004, parents Linda and Mark Guillette carried on the Bravehearts tradition in memory of their daughter Chrissy after she passed away in 2012. In January, Linda and Mark announced this year it would be their last relay. Heading into their final relay, The Bravehearts had raised over $264,000 for the CCS.
This is a photo of The Bravehearts’ first lap of the 2020 Coaticook virtual relay for life accompanied by bag pipes.