Pins and beads

More than 700 people have signed up to be a part of the "relay for life" race that kicks off tomorrow night at midnight and runs for 24 hours. In addition to the race being held at the track across from the Patty Center up at UAF, "Volunteers for the Hopeful Connections" a group made up of volunteers and survivors of cancer, came up with an idea of incorporating native culture into the fundraiser.

For the past three months the group has been busy creating unique pins with beautiful artwork.

The pins will be given to cancer survivors and anyone who wants to make a donation.

The art work was created by a number of people of all kinds of backgrounds.

Ellen Lopez with the UAF Native Health Research says the number of people who volunteered was impressive.

"Cancer survivors,  care givers of survivors, family members, just people who wanted to support our efforts.

Elders in the community, we've even shipped out beading kits to people in the surrounding communities and they've sent back to us.

So it's really complex how many people have been involved.

We meet every Saturday."