Chelsey and Judy Murday, seen here at the 2016 Relay For Life, have been participating at the event nearly two decades. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley Relay For Life a multi-generational affair for some families

Dave Flawse

Special to The Record

Chelsey Murday was just three years old when she walked the track for the first time at Relay for Life. Her mother, Judy Murday, must have passed off some of her fundraising spirit because 16 years later they’re both still in the event.

The mother and daughter say there is a history of cancer in the family. Judy lost a sister to cancer three years ago.

Judy says she volunteers “so that somebody else doesn’t lose a family member in the future.”

Both are team captains and committee members with Relay for Life. They help organize the event and walk the eight-hour relay.

RELATED: Registration ongoing for 17th Comox Valley Relay for Life

Volunteering isn’t just for the women of the family.

“He’s there every time,” says Judy of her husband. “He helps tear down and set up.”

Judy’s two older sons participated on her WestJet team until they both moved to Calgary.

Three years ago, Chelsey shaved her head at the event to help raise money for cancer research. She raised over $1,500, more than doubling her minimum goal.

As a WestJet employee, Judy volunteers on the Relay for Life committee to meet the 40-hour minimum for WestJet’s Gift of Flight program. The flight giveaway is part of a raffle for the event but “it’s probably going to be the last year,” says Judy.

WestJet’s new policy is to not include the taxes and fees in the flight giveaway, but BC Gaming Commission requires winners to pay nothing extra for prizes.

“Other provinces don’t have this law,” says Judy. “A lot of charities raise a lot of money using WestJet tickets.”

It’s Chelsey’s first year on the committee.

“They make me do the posters,” says the teenager. “Because I can figure out the computers.”

Everyone in this world is touched by cancer in some way, says Judy. Given her family history, she is concerned about being diagnosed with cancer but remains optimistic.

“It’s more survivable now even from five years ago.”

Her and Chelsey’s efforts to raise money for cancer research are part of that increased survivability.

With approximately 100,000 participants, Relay for Life makes the biggest impact against cancer nationwide. The Comox Valley event takes place at the Vanier track on June 15 from 4 p.m. to midnight.

As of June 3, the Comox Valley Relay For Life had raised 54 per cent of its $35,000 goal for 2019.

To register a team, or to donate to the cause, visit https://bit.ly/2WrqhgY

Just Posted

Comox Valley Glacier Kings split another pair of games

Yetis best Buccaneers on Saturday at home after road loss to Storm

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

City of Courtenay installing aqua dam in Lewis Park

With winter approaching, seasonal storms are likely to begin affecting the East… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Ceremony to honour National Day of Remembrance on Dec. 6

The ceremony took place at noon on the plaza outside of the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Scholarships created in honour of Comox Valley man who died in plane crash

Awards related to indigenous studies and the environment will be offered in memory of Micah Messent

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read