Yellow, the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. It stands for freshness, clarity, energy, optimism, and joy.
Blue, the color is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes faith, truth, heaven, and is considered beneficial to the mind and body.

These colors together represent the Canadian Cancer Society, a group in which I have recently had the the pleasure and honour of representing. As the colors depicted, the Canadian Cancer Society stands for hope, positivity, improvement and faith. This group constantly works to rid the world of cancer, and has already made many discoveries and investments with the help of our donations.

Investing in the best research has led to tremendous progress against cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society now know more about what causes cancer, how it develops, how best to treat it and how they can improve the quality of life of people living with cancer. Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%. How unbelievable is that?
This statistic goes to show just how incredible and driven the group is as a whole and how they will stop at nothing to defeat this monstrous disease.

As a part of the Canadian Cancer Society, I had the opportunity to help with school visits from grades three to five, as well as present at the local “ag days” convention in Altona, Manitoba generating awareness on skin cancer in particular. Summer is just around the corner, and children are more likely to be outside and exposed to the sun,thus creating a need for us to provide methods and ways in which they can protect themselves. We taught the kids the sun safety slogan of “slip, slap, slop”-slip on protective clothing, slap on a hat, and slop on the sunscreen-and also made bracelets with them out of sun sense beads that changed color depending on the UV index to act as a warning on sunny days.

Ag Days Convention

Ag Days Convention

I also participated in the “Relay For Life” which was held in Steinbach, Manitoba . Despite the colder weather, tons of cancer survivors and those supporting the annihilation of the disease camped out and walked throughout the night on a track surrounded by inspiring lanterns in order to raise money to find a cure. It began at 7:00pm and finished at 6:00am, although I did not stay the whole night! I worked a small booth selling lap beads, which were beads that would be added to each necklace bought for every lap completed. It was amazing and heart warming to see so many supporters from the area come out and make the night an unforgettable one.

Steinbach Relay For Life

Steinbach Relay For Life

Lastly, as a volunteer and spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society, I was required to attend local Teddy Bear Picnics. I was lucky enough to spend two days with children and their teddy bears- once in Winkler, Manitoba and once in Morden, Manitoba-helping them to make more of the bracelets we had given out to the grade schoolers. I made a few new small friends each day, and was filled with great joy to be a part of something so important and inspirational to the kids.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic

I hope to continue this volunteer work in the future, impacting and changing lives for the better. When it comes to cancer, I would do anything to help make a difference or become a part of the cure. I have lost two family members to this horrific disease and I dream of a day where families will not have to go through the long painful process of cancer and its many outcomes. I believe that each contributive act towards this cause will help turn cancer into something of the past rather than a current concern. I believe that together we can create awareness and raise enough money to end cancer forever.

For more information regarding the Canadian Cancer Society, go to:

http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=on

Thanks for reading,

xoxo

Vienna

Written by: Vienna

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