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Minnesotans Walk, Run To Fight Cancer

April 17, 2009

St. Paul, MN – The yearly campaign to raise funds to fight cancer gets under way today in Minnesota, nationally and in 19 other countries. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is known as the world's largest effort to end cancer. Participants walk or run on athletic tracks in return for donations that go toward medical research and efforts to prevent, detect and treat the disease.

Minnesota spokeswoman Rebecca Barker says it’s a fun experience with a serious purpose.

"It's a local community event to celebrate survivors, and also to get anyone together who wants to fight back against cancer. It’s also an emotional time to reflect on how cancer has impacted your life."

Last year, more than 3.5 million people took part in relay events and raised over $400 million -- money Barker says went to help people get and stay well, and to find cures.

"First and foremost, the money raised does go to life-saving cancer research. And, secondly, it goes to local programs and services that help patients in their communities dealing with cancer."

The Cancer Society reports more people are surviving cancer, though the disease remains the leading cause of death in Minnesota. Approximately 9,000 residents are expected to die from it this year.

Nearly 135 relays are scheduled statewide, and over 5,000 worldwide, through August. Minnesota cities holding events today include Mankato, Duluth, Moorhead, St. Paul and Minneapolis.

More online, including a statewide Relay for Life events schedule, at

Jim Wishner, Public News Service - MN