FIGHTING CANCER: Relay For Life fundraising

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Heartwood Honky Tonks see Relay For Life as much more than a's an experience, a tribute, and a celebration of life.

The fundraising team at Heartwood long-term care by Revera in Cornwall partnered with residents and their families Friday to fight cancer at a special walk.

Wheelchairs, walkers, and canes flooded the parking lot as nearly 30 seniors and volunteers participated in a mini version of the Relay For Life track in Maxville.

Ashley Miller, an activiation assistant and captain of the Heartwood Honky Tonks, was glad to announce that the event raised $600 - pushing their total to $1,000.

"It's an important cause because cancer affects everyone," said Miller.

Relay For Life takes place on Friday, June 6 at the Kenyon Agricultural Society Fairgrounds in Maxville.

Last year, the Heartwood Honky Tonks, a modest sized team consisting of six members, raised $1,300. This time around they're hoping to reach $1,500.

Tasha Robertson, who works in Heartwood's restorative care unit, has been a Honky Tonk since the team started in 2013. But this year, Relay means so much more. Her mother, Roma Flaro, lost her battle to colon cancer last July. She was 56.

"I walk for her and all the residents battling the disease," said Robertson.

All team members agreed that working in long-term care has made their desire to fight cancer even stronger.

After working a full shift the fundraising team will be there full of energy, dressed as cowgirls.

"Knowing all we have to do is walk for 12 hours when our residents and so many others suffer daily makes it an easy decision," said Miller.

Click here to find out more about Relay For Life.

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