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How To Join Relay For Life: 5 Cool Facts About This Cancer Event

Update Date: Apr 27, 2016 06:06 PM EDT

Each year, Relay For Life is being celebrated in over 20 countries including the United States and the United Kingdom to raise the much needed funds and awareness to save people from cancer. Anyone can join the event as a team, as a survivor or as an organizer for the relay.

How To Join

To start a team, a team captain (must be at least 18 years old) should get family and friends to sign up to a team with eight to 15 members. Then, the captain must find the nearest Relay For Life event and register their team online. Once registered, the team members should fundraise throughout the year to support the Cancer Research UK. To join as a team member, you must find the name of the team captain or the name of the team.

According to Cancer Research UK, Anyone who has heard the phrase "you have cancer" is invited to become the event's Guest of Honor at their local Relay For life. The Survivors will start the relay by walking at the Survivors' Lap of Honor. After the opening event, the Survivors will be invited to join the Survivors' reception where they can meet other survivors where they can share experiences and recognize the person who became their caregivers and supported them during their illness.

Cool Facts

1. The money raised through Relay For Life is being used for investing in research in all types of cancer and providing free services and information to cancer patients and their caregivers.

2. Canine companions are also welcome to participate to a fun-filled day of demonstrations, games and walking through the Bark For Life event, according to American Cancer Society.

3. Relay Of Life events can be done in 3-D virtual worlds which include InWorldz and Second Life. All events including building campsites and walk a track are being done by more than 15 million people worldwide. Since 2005, the Relay For Life of Second Life was able to raise more than $2 million.

4. Schools can host their own activities. The Relay For Life's student Relay events offer cancer education, specialized fundraising and leadership opportunities for elementary to college students.

5. Dr. Gordy Klatt started the Relay For Life by walking and running for 24 hours around the track in Tacoma, Washington in 1985. He was able to raise $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer, which is the nation's biggest health concern.

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