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HOPEtalks at Virginia Tech Raises Community Cancer Awareness

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s students hand out flyers about this Thursdays HOPEtalks event,  the colorful stories behind the black and white ink are abundant. 

 Cameron Vaile is a cancer survivor and a senior at Virginia Tech.

"Cancer plays no favorites.  It doesn't discriminate.  Anyone can come down with cancer," explains Vaile.

The event is also about honoring memories for Sam Gest, who finds comfort in fighting cancer like a Hokie.

y mom passed away from breast cancer when I was in high school.  Relay inspires me to have an optimistic future, that is why I got involved.  It is something I am very passionate about," explains Gest.

 That passion also comes in the form of family for Abby Young.

"In 2004 my mom had colon cancer.  I
t hit closer to home this year, because dad was just diagnosed with stage three melanoma," says Young.

 Relay is about fun as well.  Students are kicking off the 2014 Relay For Life campaign.  The event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.  This year it has an additional mission. 

Virginia Tech students and anyone in the community are invited come out to the Graduate Life Center on Virginia Tech's campus this Thursday from 7-9p for a HOPEtalks event.  The event is about creating awareness.  HOPEtalks partners with Relay for Life by taking a look at several different aspects and realities associated with cancer.

"One day I got on Facebook and I was tagged in a picture it was a luminaria bag and on it was written we love you Melanie.   It was to honor me because I had cancer when I was 8 years old," explains Melanie Hudson.

Through social media that message is clear and spreading fast, "Finish The Fight."  More than three hundred thousand dollars has been raised for the Virginia Tech team which is focused on HOPE.

Virginia Tech's Relay For Life

Virginia Tech HOPEtalks event

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This is the first year for the HOPEtalks event on campus at Virginia Tech. The goal is to set fundraising aside for a night and focus on the mission and reason behind fundraising for The American Cancer Society.

The event is free to the public on Thursday from 7:00-9:00p at the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech.

There will be 14 different speakers ranging from cancer survivors to cancer researchers.

There will also be entertainment during intermission.
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