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Many Walk in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to honor lost loved ones

Many people walk in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and raise money for the fight against cancer. Since 1985, millions of people have joined in the annual fundraising event. Each one has a story.

According to Relay for Life, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer each year. The overnight event features teams of people camping out around a track while team members take turns walking the track. The first ever event was held in 1985.

The experience by some has been described as empowering, a feeling of oneness with the community. Others spoke of the joy they received in coming together with people who have been touched by cancer in some way as a moving experience.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 574,000 died from cancer in 2010, the CDC reports.

The ACS says funds raised from Relay for Life are making a critical difference in the fight against cancer.

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