MDH Cancer Crusaders Club and Relay for Life

MDH-Cancer Crusaders Club


Manila Doctors College



Relay for Life 2004



Write-up – Relay for Life 2004

 Manila Doctors Hospital Cancer Crusaders Club and Manila Doctors College Joining 2004 Relay For Life

On December 11 to 12, 2004, the Philippine Cancer Society is spearheading the Relay For Life, Philippine version, at the Ultra Sports Center.   Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity to create cancer awareness and to raise funds.

History of Relay For Life

One man. One track. One goal. In 1985, an American Cancer Society volunteer, Dr Gordy Klatt, put on his jogging gear and headed for the local oval after a good friend of his succumbed to cancer. Twenty-four hours and 81 miles later, Dr Klatt had raised US$27,000 in sponsored donations for the American Cancer Society.

Since then Relay for Life has developed into the world’s largest fundraising event and from its humble beginnings is now held in over 3,800 communities in the USA and seven other foreign countries.

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for cancer programs. Because Relay For Life is a community gathering rather than an athletic event, anyone and everyone can participate. It offers everyone in a community a chance to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams form from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools, and service organizations. Team members share a common purpose, that is, to raise awareness and funds for cancer programs. During the event, teams of people gather at parks and take turns walking or running  around a track or path. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Relays are an overnight event, usually up to 24 hours in length.

Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated

The power of Relay is that it allows a community to grieve for those lost to cancer and to celebrate the lives of those who have survived. For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers a chance to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, Relay provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay brings a community’s recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in life.

Caregivers also find hope in Relay For Life. These individuals give their time, love and support to friends, family, and neighbors who face cancer. At Relay, everyone understands the challenges and joys of being a caregiver. There is peace of mind knowing that together we can face the challenges ahead.

Relay For Life – A celebration of survival and a tribute to the lives of loved ones who have been touched by cancer. Twelve hours of fun, friendship and fundraising to beat cancer.

Excerpted from various sources in the Internet, ROJOSON, December 8, 2004.

Manila Doctors Hospital Cancer Crusaders Club and Manila Doctors College Joining 2004 Relay For Life

MDH-Cancer Crusaders Club and Manila Doctors Hospital will send at least a team of 50 delegates consisting of MDH cancer survivors, MDH physicians and nurses, and MDC staff.

We will have 2 banners with logos and names of MDH-Cancer Crusaders Club and Manila Doctors College.

MDC will provide coaster for transport of MDH cancer survivors.

Registration at 8 am.  Dr. Dancel has pledged to take care of this.

Marc Funelas has pledged to be in Ultra to participate and document the event.

The MDC Coaster will leave MDH at 1 pm.

Anybody interested to join the MDH and MDC delegation, please sign up c/o Abet – 522-47-13.


2004 Report

 MDH-Cancer Crusaders Club and Manila Doctors College joined Relay for Life 2004

 The Manila Doctors Hospital and Manila Doctors College Cancer Crusaders Club joined the Relay for Life sponsored by the Philippine Cancer Society at the Ultra Sport Center last December 11, 2004.  The contingent consisted of 50 persons, with 12 cancer survivors, 12 caregivers (relatives of the survivors), 20 MDC students, and 6 MDH and MDC supervisors.  The contingent was led by Dr. Elsie Dancel, the Chairman of the MDH CCC, Mr. Mike Pahayon of MDC, and Dr. Reynaldo Joson, Assistant Medical Director.  The participation honored the cancer survivors of the MDH.  There were three long-term breast cancer survivors (22, 20, and15 years) in the MDH-MDC contingent.

Expenses: PhP 7,800.

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