1,000-plus take on cancer fight

According to the American Cancer Society, "One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime." Across the nation-and especially in Rutland County-the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event. Nationally, more than 3.5 million people celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event.

On June 27 and June 28, Rutland Relay for Life kicked off its nineteenth year ; it is the oldest of the 14 related relay events in the state.

Rutland also boosts a remarkably high participation rate as more than 1,000 residents of the Rutland County area took part with approximately 50 teams, ranging in size from 100 members to few.

Teams took a a variety of approaches to raising money for the fight to cure cancer-from soliciting sponsorships, for the number of laps walked, to other ways more specific to the individual or group.

The relay organizers posted this year's top teams in fundraising on the group's website. Among the top netting teams were the Rutland County Board of Realtors: ($3,125), Pearson's Power Walkers: ($2,820) the CVPS Employees: ($2,704).

Funds raised during the Relay for Life event enable the American Cancer Society to support many Rutland-area services and resources for local cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical national cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

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