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 talked with them about why they decided to join this American Cancer Society event.
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."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: 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."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: 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."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: 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."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: 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."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: 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."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: This is Julia Laude reporting.