Health Notes: Tyrod Taylor issues cancer challenge to Hampton Roads residents

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor, is challenging individuals in Hampton Roads, where he grew up, to raise at least $212 each in 2012 to help the American Cancer Society save more lives through Relay For Life.

Hampton Roads locals who sign up for Relay For Life and raise at least $212 by April 1st will be entered to win an autographed football by the NFL star! 

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. The American Cancer Society writes as follows: "The ACS combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

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