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Today is World Cancer Day, Feb. 4, 2014- Margot Ferron

World Cancer Day, February 4.
World Cancer Day, February 4.

Today is a day to create awareness about cancer and to educate people on how to fight cancer through early detection and screening.

For the fourth year the Empire State building will be lit blue and orange, the colors of The Union for International Cancer Control which organizes World Cancer Day.  According to UICC avoiding tobacco, eating healthy and exercising can prevent a third of the most common cancers.

One way to join the fight against cancer in your community is to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Mission Viejo.  Relay is a unique, 24-hour, event celebrating cancer survivors and honoring those who have lost their lives. 

How can you get involved?  You can form a team, join a team or volunteer. It only takes five or more people to form your own team.  Be clever and you create your own team name.

Teams walk on the track and they are committed to creating awareness.  They raise money in the fight against cancer.  Join in the party atmosphere!  Pitch a tent, camp-out, eat, feast, play games and entertainment.

Because Relay is a team event, individuals aren’t required to be there the entire time, but it’s so much fun you will get caught up in the party atmosphere and want to stay.  The day is packed with entertainment- music, Kids zone, onsite fundraisers, fight back messages, etc.

You don’t need to be a runner.  The common thread is to have team members’ continuously walking, running or rolling around the track for 24 hours to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we have lost to the disease and to empower everyone to fight back against cancer.

Relay is a healing experience for those fighting cancer.  It offers them a chance to meet others who have claimed victory over cancer.  This is a great, free family event for the community, but it wouldn’t be possible without the teams.

For more information or to register for the event go to www.relayforlife.org or call the American Cancer Society at 949-567-0610. 

If you have any questions, please call Margot Ferron at 949/309-1235 or gomargotgo@aol.com. 

 

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