Faces In the Crowd

Faces In the Crowd
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held on Jan. 27, 2008, in the DakotaDome. The theme of this year's event is "Betting on a Cure."

For more information on how you can be involved as part of a team, walk in the Survivor Lap, or support the fight against cancer by being an event sponsor, please contact Lindsey at the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-660-7703 or e-mail lindsey.holmquest@cancer.org.

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.

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