As participants make it around the Natick High school track, raising money for the fight against cancer in this Saturday's Natick-Framingham-Sherborn Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society will kick off a new nationwide cancer prevention study aimed at learning more about the connections between lifestyle changes and the disease.
People at the fundraising rally, who are between the ages of 30 and 65, will be able to register and begin taking part in the study, which is expected to last 20 to 30 years.
Registration willl take approximately 30 minutes, and will include a waist measurement, and a blood sample. Participants should never have been diagnosed with cancer. Afterwards, participants should expect to answer a questionnaire approximately once every two to three years.
“They want to see how we eat, the technology we use, and gather new research that will help give different answers for today’s world.” said Pam Harris, the chair and organizer locally for the national study.
At relay, several teams will participate by constantly walking or running the track. One member from each team must be on the track at all times for the duration of the relay, which lasts from Saturday at noon, until Sunday at 8 a.m. The relay is held overnight “because cancer never sleeps,” according to a press release.
Each relay team raises money for the American Cancer Society. In the 2010 Natick-Framingham-Sherborn relay, 99 registered teams comprising more than 900 participants have raised more than $100,000.
Cancer survivors will be honored during the opening lap of the relay, and during a survivors’ lunch and tea session.
The relay will also feature a stop for the Red Sox Trophy tour, where the World Series trophies from 2004 and 2007 will be on display. The trophies will be on display Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. at the Natick High School track.