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Cleveland Indians team up with American Cancer Society for Relay For Life

Cleveland Indians and American Cancer Society team up for cancer fundraiser.  (Source: cancer.org) Cleveland Indians and American Cancer Society team up for cancer fundraiser. (Source: cancer.org)

The Cleveland Indians and the American Cancer Society come together for a fundraiser called Relay For Life at Progressive Field.

The event is set to start at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 7, before the team takes on the Chicago White Sox.

Through discounted ticket sales, this event has raised more than $13,000 to support the American Cancer Society's efforts in creating more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Before the game approximately 1,500 cancer survivors and advocates will take the field for a Relay For Life Lap around the warning track in honor of the journey cancer patients must travel.

At 12:55 a.m. the first pitch will be thrown out by Sheila and Harold Hedrick of Cuyahoga Falls, siblings and cancer survivors.

Relay For Life Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's national signature activity.  It began in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington, by Dr. Gordy Klatt. He ran and walked on a local track for 24 hours, traveling a total of 81 miles and raising $27,000.

Since Dr. Klatt's one-man marathon, more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries have taken up the fight through this global movement and raised more than $4 billion to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

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