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Middleton Relay for Life raises more than $36,000 for cancer research

Hundreds attend 16th annual event

MIDDLETON, NS - The woman who came up with the ‘Overcomer’ hats and started the ‘Hats for Courage Campaign’ told a large crowd of cancer survivors about her cancer journey starting when she was first diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in November 2016.

Tanya Marie Olscamp of Middleton spoke at the Middleton Relay For Life Survivors’ Reception

June 2. She’s the woman who had a local embroidery shop make her a hat with the word ‘Overcomer’ on it for when she began chemotherapy treatments.

The campaign was able to give more than 200 ‘Overcomer’ hats to chemotherapy patients at Valley Regional Hospital. The campaign received support from as far away as California.

The Middleton Relay ran from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Middleton Arena, with 12 teams raising just over $36,000. It was the 16th year for the Middleton event that has raised more than $1.5 million in total.

Sitting with Olscamp at the reception was a young ‘Overcomer’ Karissa Bezanson from Lawrencetown who suffers from a rare form of leukemia. One table over was 12-year-old Olivia Carson of Nictaux who has been undergoing surgeries and treatments for a fast-growing form of cancer called medulloblastoma.

Also speaking at the event was Leo Glavine, Kings West MLA and Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Glavine, Karissa, and Olivia cut the Relay For Life 2018 cake and everybody got a slice – plus coffee or tea.

Throughout the evening, members of the Relay teams continuously walked around the arena, dressed in costumes or sporting company T-shirts.

East Coast Fitness for Women conducted a high-energy Zumba workout that had even the onlookers exhausted. There were bands, a luminary ceremony, and lots of volunteer help from locals, including from the Nictaux Firettes, Emmanuel Church, and Middleton firefighters for leading the Survivors’ Walk. Kings children’s chorus was also there plus students from Middleton Regional High School who helped out.

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