In 2010, cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than 500,000 lives.
Though so many are affected by the disease, not all can afford to be treated.
Treatment for cancer is very expensive, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases.
For almost 100 years, The American Cancer Society has raised funds through various events for cancer treatment.
According to cancer.org, the ACS “has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.” One of the biggest fundraisers for ACS is the Relay for Life.
Relay is a 24-hour organized community event that usually takes place at a track. During Relay, participants form teams and walk around the track continuously.
The walk symbolizes that cancer never stops. For some, the event is emotional. A Relay representative said that it is a “very powerful and passionate event,” as evidenced by the number of participants.
Los Alamos has its own Relay for Life event, which has been organized by Hope Jaramillo, a Relay participant for 10 years.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and ends at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at Ashley Pond. Relay is open to the public and currently, Jaramillo is looking for people to form teams, particularly youth teams.