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UNC Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the signature fundraising activity for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through prevention, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research and other activities.

Though the Relay for Life fundraising is a year-long effort, the actual relays are an overnight happening where teams of people take turns walking around a track to raise money. More than 3.5 million people participate nationwide.

At UNC, teams of people line up 6 p.m. on a Spring Friday at the Irwin Belk Track at Fetzer Field. Teams set up campsites in the Eddie Smith Field House and take turns walking or running the track and resting. The event ends 2 p.m. Saturday.

One UNC relay team has been able to raise more than $10,000, and one individual has raised as much as $9,000. UNC has the eighth largest fundraiser of all colleges and universities, raising $136,186.