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Every year more than 4 million people in 20 countries participate in a Relay for Life event - helping in the fight against cancer. While those events are typically held over a 24-hour period, the American Cancer Society has begun a new program bringing relays to the workplace. Last week more than a 1,000 people from one of Rhode Island’s largest, and best-known companies, left their desks to walk in an on-site relay. Jim Hummel talks with some of those who joined in.
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On a crisp autumn morning dozens of people set out to make a statement that millions of others around the world make with them every year. By the end of this day more than a thousand people will participate in a local Relay for Life event in Woonsocket, to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.
Goodrow: ``It’s the No. 1 fundraiser in the world.’’
Howard Goodrow of the American Cancer Society says the 30-year old event includes four million people in 20 countries taking part every year. The Relay for Life events are typically staged over a 24-hour period, with teams taking shifts.
But this event has a twist: the relay is being held at the headquarters of CVS Health - with more than a third of the employees who work in three separate buildings taking time out of their work day to circle the campus with a unified message.
Goodrow: ``People hear `relay’ and they think: do we have to run? Is this something I really have to run? But no it’s really just survivors, caregivers, friends, family getting together to celebrate life. And to celebrate those people who have fought the disease and who have lost and those who have fought it and are beating it today. We have started over the last year trying to integrate Relay for Life into corporate settings. Folks from the corporate world don’t necessarily see what we do in the communities, so we wanted to bring that sense of sprit and survivorship and well-being to the corporate setting.
Boone: ``There’s not a person in this building who doesn’t know or is touched by cancer.’’
CVS Health’s Eileen Howard Boone helped lead the charge and says the company tried a similar `on campus’ event in Arizona that drew about 400 people earlier this year.
Boone: ``All they have to do is walk out of their offices, join a team and walk around the building, and alk around the course.’’