Fairbanks community walks for cancer awareness at 2022 Relay For Life

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Published: Jun. 4, 2022 at 3:09 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On June 4, West Valley High School hosted the 2022 Relay For Life in Fairbanks, where members of the community circled the school’s track to bring awareness of cancer.

Traditionally for this event, participants will walk for one hour either individually or as a team.

Due to a shortage of volunteers this year, the normally 24 hour event was set to run from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Participants come to celebrate survivors of cancer and to remember those who have been lost to it.

This year’s relay featured the theme of Broadway and closing the curtain on cancer.

Flora Roddy, Chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, explained, “We have survivors here. Every year they come and paint their hands or trace their hands on a banner, so each year we have a handprint of who was there as a survivor.”

“It’s a way to honor and remember those who are still here and then one year they’re not, but you still have their handprint to remember them by,” Roddy added.

Relay for Life is always looking for volunteers for their yearly event, according to Roddy.

Those interested in helping out can visit the event’s website.

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