Whitehorse Relay For Life cancer fundraiser kicks off at noon

Whitehorse's annual Relay for Life to raise awareness and money for cancer research starts Saturday at noon at Shipyards Park.

Relays in Yellowknife and Iqaluit coming up in June and July

Sally Bailey, 7, is the captain of an all-kid team in Whitehorse's Relay for Life. The "Superhero Cancer Fighters" have raised $4,040 for the Canadian Cancer Society. (A New Day/CBC)

Whitehorse's annual Relay for Life to raise awareness and money for cancer research starts Saturday at noon at Shipyards Park.

Sally Bailey, 7, has entered a team in the event. She says it's important for her to participate because she lost a family member to pancreatic cancer.

"We should find a way to cure it," she says. "I don't like anyone else who I know or someone else having cancer."

Bailey's team of students has raised $4,040 for the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2013, events across Canada raised $46.5 million.

Thirteen teams are registered for this year's Whitehorse event. The 12-hour relay starts with a survivors' brunch and a cancer survivors victory lap, then team members will take turns running or walking until midnight.

Yellowknife's Relay for Life is scheduled for Sat. June 13 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning at the Field House. Twenty-one teams are registered, including a team from Hay River after that community's Relay for Life was cancelled this year due to a lack of volunteers.

Iqaluit is also holding a Relay for Life on Sat. July 26 at the Arctic Winter Games Arena.