Let?s face it. Good causes always take a lot of money to support. Ridding the world of Aids, aiding tsunami relief, Habitat for Humanity, food banks, and the list goes on.

So it should come as no surprise that finding a cure for cancer comes with a hefty price tag. Billions have been spent on finding a cure, and there most certainly will be billions more spent.

One grass roots effort in the fight to find a cure is Relay for Life. Relay for Life fundraising is an annual event held by local chapters to celebrate the survivors of cancer as well as honor the ones who have died from the disease.

Relay for Life is also designed to raise money for research and programs for the local American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Each team tries to raise as much money as possible before for the event.

Let?s just say it is a friendly competition to help a good cause.

Teams can be as creative as possible when raising funds. Some Relay for Life fundraisers consist of holding garage sales, selling Relay for Life jelly bracelets, cake walks, kissing booths, you name it, they do it. A few of the more successful Relay for Life fundraisers consist of bagging groceries for a donation, selling pizza coupons, selling candy, having a dinner with an inspirational speaker, and car wash. You can take the easy way out and get some help on-line with professional fundraising companies. Or you can do it the old fashioned way and roll up your sleeves and jump in.

Any way you look at it. Your time and effort are going toward a phenomenal cause. There are not too many of us that have not been touched by the death of a family member, close friend or acquaintance. The world is diminished by the passing of each individual.

Let?s do what we can to raise the most money to eradicate cancer in this world we live in.