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This week's Relay For Life face: Philip Munkvold, survivor and RFL team member.
Why do you Relay and how did you become involved in Relay For Life?
Being a cancer survivor at a young age, I became an active member of the Relay For Life when I was 9. My first RFL was in Sioux Falls and it was amazing. I was not part of a team or anything. My parents, a few friends and I went but not part of a team.
What is your favorite part of a Relay For Life event?
To be honest, I enjoy the whole thing; it is so much fun meeting new people who are all there for the same reason – to raise money for cancer research. I also really like the Luminaria Ceremony; it is a very powerful and inspiring moment for everyone involved.
This year's event will follow a Las Vegas-style theme because we're "betting" our hard work will lead to a cure for cancer. What's the craziest bet you've ever won?
That is a very difficult question. I would have to say that the craziest bet I have ever won might be one that has to deal with the last Relay For Life. My parents bet me that I could not start a team on my own. Not only did we start our own team, but our team made T-shirts, and even raised the most money – nearly $1,500! It just shows that you can do anything you put your mind to, which is exactly what we did.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I would just like to encourage everyone to take part in this event. Even if it is just making a simple donation, there is no better feeling than knowing that you are making a difference.