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Relay For Life

Transcript: 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. With volunteers like all of you, the American Cancer Society is making a difference in the fight against cancer. Dr. Gordy Klatt founded Relay For Life in 1985. He was a colorectal surgeon who had seen far too much suffering from the disease of cancer. When asked why he ran for 24 hours, Dr. Klatt replied that he wanted to symbolize just one day in the life of a cancer patient. The lack of sleep, heat, pain and cold that he felt over the course of that first Relay were really nothing in comparison to the pain of his patients, but Dr. Klatt wanted to let them know that he was fighting for them…not just in his role as their doctor but also in his heart. Stop for a moment and really think about that….to honor the fight of cancer patients with a true commitment in your heart that one day, 24 hours. At Relay For Life participants commit to help save a life. Maybe it is their own; maybe the life of a family member, friend or co-worker; or the life of someone they don’t even know. Is there really anything more powerful than that? Is there anything more powerful than looking back at an effort made by you and your local community that lead to funds for research to treat this disease? Funds that provided transportation for a cancer patient to their life-saving treatment. Funds that educated a child to know that they should never pickup that cigarette as it could cost them their life. The American Cancer Society needs our help to save lives. Dollars raised by the participants of Relay For Life make a difference in the fight against cancer. American Cancer Society funds have lead research efforts that have found life-saving treatment options such as Tomoxifin for Breast Cancer and Geevec for Leukemia. American Cancer Society funds have educated newly diagnosed patients and their families to enable them to enter their battle against cancer well informed and prepared. Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to … Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight. Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find healing. Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease. Make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight.

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Transcript: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back. Celebrate - The Survivors Lap Relay For Life Schedule 2:00 PM Registration Opens 4:00 PM Opening Ceremony 4:15 PM Survivor Ceremony and Lap 10:00 PM Luminaria Ceremony 1:00 AM Fight Back Ceremony 5:30 AM Closing Ceremonies The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 registration/commitment fee (per person) that is due upon registration. After that, anything you can raise through individual, team, or online fundraising is graciously accepted. It is recommended that each participant to set a personal goal to raise $100. If you raise more, that's even better. Even if you do not raise $100, you are still welcome to participate. Relay Rules Relay For Life happens Rain or Shine! Be prepared. A first aid kit will be available at the Registration tent during the event. In case of emergency, go to the Registration tent for immediate assistance. Pets, bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates are not permitted. Relay For Life is a tobacco-free event. No Smoking Please. Wear sturdy but comfortable shoes designed for walking or running. Bring your own food and beverages. Who can participate? Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save lives. The success of Relay For Life depends on individuals who commit to raising money and the people who donate to them. Friends, families, neighbors, classmates, companies, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay. Is there a registration fee? The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 registration/commitment fee (per person) that is due upon registration. After that, anything you can raise through individual, team, or online fundraising is graciously accepted. Is there a required minimum amount to raise? There is not a required amount of money to raise in order to participate in Relay For Life. The American Cancer Society's recommendation is for each participant to set a personal goal to raise $100. If you raise more, that's even better. If you do not raise $100, you are still welcome to participate. We're glad to have you. What is a survivor? A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer.” We invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life because they are the reason we Relay. Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer so they can celebrate another birthday. When you support the American Cancer Society’s mission to help save lives, you are doing just that. To learn more about survivors at Relay For Life, please visit our survivors page. What is a Luminaria? Luminaria are bags, each with a special meaning, that are illuminated during one of the most moving parts of any Relay For Life event, the Luminaria Ceremony. Some luminaria celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer and have lived to tell their stories. Many remember the lives of loved ones who have been lost to this disease. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor. Visit our Luminaria page to honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony. PICTURES!!!!! THE END!!! =DDD Fight Back - The Fight Back Ceremony Remember - The Luminaria Ceremony

Relay For Life

Transcript: The Relay For Life is an overnight event where teams of people camp out around a track. Throughout the duration of this event, members of each team walk or run laps around the track while food, games, music, and other activities take place for entertainment and fundraising purposes. History of the Relay For Life This foundation started with one idea that is still important today, and that's that one person can make a difference. The first original American Cancer Society Relay For Life took place in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 led by Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon. Dr. Klatt was in search of a way to raise money for his local American Cancer Society office. In May 1985 he spent an entire 24 hours running and walking around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. Over the course of that night, friends and family donated $25.00 to walk or run with him. Dr. Klatt was able to raise $27,000 in donations to help with research funding and the ultimate search for a cure. The Relay starts with a Survivor Lap. This is a powerful and inspirational walk around the track for those who have survived the battle of having cancer. Once it's dark outside, there is a Luminaria Ceremony. This is when candles are placed in paper bags with the names of loved one who have been lost due to cancer. People normally would walk a lap in silence to remember their loss. This pledge could be anything from getting tested for cancer or quitting smoking. Either way, taking small steps like these will help future prevention of cancer by being active in the fight against this disease. This inspirational organization has branched out to more than 20 countries in the world and has raised over $3 million since it started. The Relay For Life continues to raise money and spread awareness of cancer today. By the end of the event, there is a Fight Back Ceremony. This is when people make a pledge and a commitment to themselves about preventing cancer.

Relay for Life

Transcript: Not all forms of skin cancer are curable Melanoma is 10 times more common in whites the African American Squamous cell cancer may appear as lumps with rough surfaces and red patches Melanoma can contain a family history 1 in 10 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer Mammography can often detect breast cancer at an early age Also, increased by a family history of one or more first-degree relatives Most women with breast cancer have no family history October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Relay for Life 2012 A Relay To Remember Colon and Rectum cancer is the third most common cancer This type of cancer is hard to detect Beginning at age 50, men and women should go for colon screening Surgery is the most common treatment for colorectal cancer, however it may be curative Leukemia is the cancer of the bone marrow and blood Side effects can include paleness, repeated infection, and easily bruising Leukemia can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other diseases Chemotherapy is the most effective cure for treatment Pancreatic Cancer often develops without early symptoms: these can include weight loss and jaundice Some risk factors can include tobacco smoking, along with family history, diabetes Treatment can include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy The survival stages are between 6% and 26% for a survivor of 1-5 years and a survivor of more than 5 years is 2%

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