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About the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life By Sierra Shoopman

January 25, 2013

posted at foothillsrelayforlife.com All Rights ReservedRelay for Life follows in the footsteps of Dr. Gordy Klatt, who in 1985 ran for a full day in Tacoma, Washington, to raise more than $25,000 for the American Cancer Society. In the following year, hundreds of people inspired by Dr. Klatt’s initial effort turned his fundraiser into a tradition that spread across the globe, bringing in billions of dollars to support cancer research and prevention.

Since the organization’s founding, Relay for Life evolved new traditions to complement the old. Each event includes the Survivors Lap, in which cancer survivors walk to celebrate defeating the disease. After nightfall, volunteers light candles as part of the Luminaria Ceremony in remembrance of people who passed away as result of cancer. The Fight Back Ceremony reminds volunteers to take an active role in the battle against this all-too-common condition.

Interested parties can search for local Relay for Life events and sign up to volunteer at relayforlife.org.

 

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A recent graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Sierra Shoopman participated in and raised money for Relay for Life for the last twelve years.

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