Relay for Life 2020
This year, Relay participants will unite on June 13 from 7-9 p.m. EST to Relay At Home. Join the virtual gathering of communities across the country and show people with cancer that they’re not alone.
Dr. Bre-Anne Fifield
Why I Relay! As a cancer researcher at the University of Windsor, I believe in the power of research. I study a protein called Speedy, which speeds up cellular growth and division, and can be found at high levels in certain cancers. My work looks at understanding how Speedy can drive cellular division and how it can cause the initiation of cancer. By understanding these basic processes, we can better understand what goes wrong when a cell transitions from normal to cancerous and how to better stop it.
From improved diagnostics to new treatments- we’re learning more and making progress every day. We can’t, and don’t do it alone though. The support from the community helps make game-changing research possible and gives us the motivation to keep pushing forward. Relay for Life is something I look forward to each year, and this year is no different. At every relay, I’m reminded of the power of the community and most importantly, the power of hope. Together we are making a difference!
Why I Relay! I relay for my grandpa who passed away from colon cancer and for others from skin, lung, prostate, breast, and more. Cancer is a scary thing because it takes on so many forms. We have made a lot of progress in the last couple of decades towards understanding how to treat some cancers. But there is still so much more to know. I am a University of Windsor graduate student studying the basic question of how the cell knows how much to grow and when to divide. Specifically, I study a tumour suppressor protein, Tuberin, which senses how much nutrients are in a cell and then speeds up or slows down its growth. By answering basic but complex questions such as this, we can understand why various cancers happen.
At each Relay for Life, it reminds me that the scientific progress is attained not just by scientists who commit themselves to their labs but also by the efforts of our community who want to know more and know how to make it fun. I can’t wait to meet you virtually on June 13th!