Thousands join Relay for Life to fight cancer

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More than 2,000 people participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Vancouver at Columbia River High School over the weekend, raising more than $225,000.

The 24-hour event celebrated its 24th year in Vancouver.

"Relay for Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," said Kristina Ewing, co-chair of the Vancouver event. "The volunteers and participants who willingly gave their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let the people of Clark County know that cancer can be defeated."

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event. The Vancouver goal was to raise $265,000.

The nearly 120 teams at Columbia River included children who have survived cancer as well as adults of all ages.

Last year, the cancer society said, more than 3 million people participated in more than 5,000 Relay for Life events across the United States and in 19 foreign countries.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Locally, its resources for cancer patients and caregivers include:

• Road to Recovery: rides to treatment.

• Look Good, Feel Better: help with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

• Reach to Recovery: breast cancer support.

For more information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 800-227-2345 or visit http://cancer.org.