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Walkers raise money for cancer research

Kelly Hagenah
Courtesy American Cancer SocietyAt the Relay for Life, teams of 10 to 12 members walk day and night to raise money for cancer research.

EAGLE ” With continuing efforts in cancer research, one day money for research won’t be needed.

Until then, the Relay for Life walk-a-thon raises money for cancer research each year. The Eagle County relay will be held at the Brush Creek Pavilion on Aug. 25 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer somehow, and this is a great way to get involved and fight for it,” said Kim Anderson, a local cancer survivor.

Teams of 10 to 12 people will raise money to help benefit the American Cancer Society. Each team has a representative on the track throughout the night and morning, and walkers go through the night to illustrate the idea that cancer never sleeps.

“Cancer isn’t choosey, it takes who it can get,” Anderson said. “That is why I am really into Relay for Life — it is just a wonderful organization.”

The relay will consist of lots of walking, live music and games. Participants camp out, and there is always a theme to keep things entertaining. This year’s theme is “Blue Hawaii.” Anderson laughed when she said one of her team members is dressing up as Elvis.

Anderson is in charge of gathering locals who are cancer survivors or battling cancer to walk the first lap of the relay. It’s one of the most emotional parts of an emotional event.

“We want as many survivors as possible because they represent what we are doing,” she said. “We are doing this relay to find a cure, and these are the people who are fighting the hardest. They are who we are relaying for.”

Although a good number of teams are lined up, Anderson is hoping for more.

There are many ways to get involved with the relay. Supporters can donate money to the American Cancer Society by visiting cancer.org, or buy a luminaria and dedicate it to someone. The luminarias will line the relay track after dark.

Businesses can also get involved by donating food or gift certificates for prizes. “It’d be great help if people just passed the message to a friend,” Anderson said. “Just get the word out there.”

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