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The American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th anniversary as the Relay for Life fundraiser returns to Santa Monica College on July 20 and 21.

The 24-hour event brings together the community to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and fight back against the disease, all while raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

“The thing about relay that stands out to me in particular is its scope. It’s an event designed to appeal to anyone and everyone, and the proceeds go toward fighting every type of cancer,” said Jake Forsland, event chair.

Teams will camp out and take turns walking or running around a track for 24 hours signifying that cancer never sleeps. There will also be live music, free food, yoga, massages for survivors, activities for kids and more.

After sunset guests can participate in the Luminaria Ceremony where they may dedicate a luminaria bag to a loved one lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease.

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