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The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Relay For Life (often shortened to Relay or RFL) is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. It is an overnight event designed to spread awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cures; celebrate survivorship; and raise money for cancer research, prevention, early detection, education, and patient services.
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is a unique celebration of life in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. It has been described as a "huge compassionate support group" - a place where friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, church groups, schools, organizations, civic groups and loved ones join to celebrate survivorship and to honor those who have lost the battle. Relay For Life involves teams of 8-15 people who take turns walking or running around a track all night long. A party-like atmosphere prevails as team members camp out on the surrounding grounds for the duration of the event to enjoy music, food, fun, entertainment and activities while building camaraderie with fellow teammates and participants. Money is raised through team commitment fees and each team member is asked to raise a specific amount of money prior to the event. Incentive prizes are offered for those raising money above and beyond.
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