Relay for Life Aims to Make a Difference for Fairbanks

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Relay for Life is one of the biggest fundraisers in the fight against cancer.
An event that started with one man has now spread worldwide.
Tonight, we meet a few members of the Fairbanks Relay team, and talk with them about why they decided to join this American Cancer Society event.
Julia Laude reports.

Flora Roddy; Cancer Action Network, American cancer Society>>"Relay for Life started out as one man walking around a track at a university for 24 hours because his friend died from cancer."

In May 1985, that man, Gordon Klatt, began one of the biggest fundraisers for cancer research.

Natashia Kates; 2018 Fairbanks Relay for Life Chair>>"Relay is an American Cancer Society event and American Cancer Society besides the government is the number one fundraiser for research."

Both Flora Roddy and Natashia Kates have seen the impacts of cancer.
Both the good,

Flora Roddy; Cancer Action Network, American cancer Society>>"My husband is one in a miracle. Esophageal cancer is one of the scary versions of cancer and he was lucky enough to get early detection."

and the bad,

Natashia Kates; 2018 Fairbanks Relay for Life Chair>>"When I was 16, my aunt had passed from ovarian cancer and we were very close."

For Kates, it's all about the community.

Natashia Kates; 2018 Fairbanks Relay for Life Chair>>"Relay is really about celebrating survivors and honoring caregivers and remembering those who we love and it's a chance for everyone to come together and fight back against cancer and just the togetherness. It's something special. It's really something special."

But even if you don't have a team,

Flora Roddy; Cancer Action Network, American cancer Society>>"Relay for Life started with one person so one person can make a difference."

This is Julia Laude reporting.