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Rattlers Take on Cancer

By: Candace Riley Email
By: Candace Riley Email

Students at Florida A & M University are helping to fight cancer one step at a time. Three hundred student organizations participated in the American Cancer Society's 2011 Relay for Life of FAMU.

Students, faculty and cancer survivors all walked along the Pete Griffin track on Friday, March 25th with the goal of raise money for cancer research. The "Fight Back against Cancer" walk was a party at the track with music, flag football and happy cancer survivors.

Among those there was Henry Kirby. He survived a bout with lymph node cancer back in 1985 and says medicine has come a long way since he was diagnosed. He also has a message for anyone currently battling the disease.

"I'm also happy to be living another year because all the research that's been going on with cancer. If you can imagine back in 1985 the medical situation was not the great, but I am here to tell people don't give up. There are so many people working to cure all kinds of cancer," Kirby said.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society show only one in every 100 people will participate in a Relay for Life walk, but every dollar raised puts researchers that much closer to finding a cure.

To find out how you can donate to the American Cancer Society, scroll down and click on the link to the ACS under the Related Links section of this story.


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