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What is - Relay for Life 2010

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia's Relay for Life (RFL) is a high-spirited event where everyone in the community join in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life began in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington when Dr Gordon Klatt walked for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He raised $27,000 that first year. Since then, RFL events around the world have raised billion dollars to support programmes eliminating cancer. To participate in RFL, you recruit friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to join in a relay team. In the weeks leading up to the event, each team member raises money by collecting pledges. On relay day, team members take turns walking around the track to ensure that someone is on the track at all times. We don't sleep that night because cancer never sleeps. In each RFL, it starts with the survivor's lap, a testimony that so many people are surviving cancer. They walk the first lap around the track.

The most inspirational time of the relay is the Luminaria Ceremony which happens at dusk when we honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. A luminaria is a small bag filled with sand holding a small candle. When the candle is lit, the luminaria casts a warm, golden glow. All luminarias are placed side-by-side in the in-field around the track. After sunset, the luminarias are lit and remain lit throughout the night to light the way for walkers and to create a path of hope. RFL is also a celebration for caregivers who give their time, love and support to friends, family and neighbors who face cancer. RFL is a tobacco-free event. It gives NCSM the opportunity to 'walk our talk' and show the community how easy it is to follow our cancer prevention guidelines.

For participation and support call RFL HOTLINE @ 03 2692 7705 or email: rfl@cancer.org. my CELEBRATE REMEMBER FIGHT BACK

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