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Celebrating survivorship while raising funds for cancer research

The Relay for Life of Northern Blair County, a 24-hour event to celebrate survivorship and raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and service programs was held yesterday and finishes today at the Bellwood-Antis High School athletic field.
Relay for Life is a 24-hour celebration of life. It joins people from every background in a community effort to recognize cancer survivors and their caregivers, drawing inspiration from their courage and determination, while raising funds to fight cancer through research, education, advocacy and service programs.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Relay for Life.
The event has a festive atmosphere, as teams camp out overnight. Entertainment keeps children and team members amused while not walking on the track.
Teams are made up of eight to 15 people from local businesses, schools, churches and families. Each team is represented on the track throughout the entire 24 hours. While walking or resting, teams enjoy camaraderie, food, fun, music, entertainment and a night under the stars.
Relay for Life also features a victory lap for survivors.
Last year, Relay for Life raised more than $351.5 million at nearly 200 sites in Pennsylvania for cancer research, education and patient services.
For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-5445.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.