Relay for Life Teams Recycle to Help Fight Cancer

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Relay for Life teams across the United States are recycling used printer cartridges and cell phones as a fundraiser with FundingFactory.

We were always recycling ink cartridges and cell phones for school fundraisers

American Cancer Society Relay For Life teams are helping preserve the environment while raising hundreds of dollars to battle cancer.

In Denton, TX, Gail Martinez and the Cancer Crashers Relay for Life Team have tried numerous fundraisers over the last five years. Martinez says few are as easy as the FundingFactory Recycling Program which recycles printer cartridges and cell phones.

"At a Relay meeting, we heard FundingFactory was a great, year-round fundraiser so we started recycling," she said. "We raised $500 in one year."

The Cancer Crashers are among over 20,000 groups that are currently working with FundingFactory to collect used printer cartridges and cell phones that can be refurbished and resold.

FundingFactory provides free boxes, shipping, promotional materials, online accounting and weekly payments. To date, FundingFactory groups have earned over $10.5 million by recycling.

"This is so easy," said Martinez, who works at First State Bank in Denton. "We put a collection box in the lobby of our three-story bank building. Bank employees and additional businesses in the building fill it up. Then we send it in and FundingFactory does the rest."

Raising funds to help fight cancer is a personal matter for the Cancer Crashers. Two team members are melanoma cancer survivors. Others on the team have numerous family members who have been affected by cancer.

Every April, the Denton team participates in the Relay For Life at the University of North Texas. Team members take turns walking or running on the track during a 12-hour period. The remaining members camp out at the track.

In Jim Thorpe, PA., another Relay For Life team found the FundingFactory's recycling program boosted their fundraising efforts over the past few years.

The Jim Thorpe National Bank Relay For Life team worked with the bank's 40 employees to contribute to the FundingFactory recycling effort. Team member Alexa Cataldo heard about the FundingFactory recycling effort from her daughters.

"We were always recycling ink cartridges and cell phones for school fundraisers," she said. "When we got our relay team together I realized we could do the same thing at the bank."

The team raised over $400 in two years with FundingFactory.

This year, Relay For Life events take place in 4,800 U.S. cities and 23 countries with more than three million participants, according to the American Cancer Society.

The idea for the Relay started in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt ran 83 miles during a 24-hour marathon at the University of Puget Sound track to raise funds for cancer. Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, WA, raised $27,000 all on his own. A year later, he organized a team event with 19 teams of 220 runners, and they raised $33,000.

For more Relay information, please visit http://www.relayforlife.org or http://www.cancer.org, or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

For information about recycling used printer cartridges and cell phones as a fundraiser, visit http://www.FundingFactory.com or call 1.888.883.8237.

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