Whitehorse's annual Relay for Life to raise awareness and money for cancer research starts Saturday at noon at Shipyards Park.

Sally Bailey, 7, has entered a team in the event. She says it's important for her to participate because she lost a family member to pancreatic cancer.

"We should find a way to cure it," she says. "I don't like anyone else who I know or someone else having cancer."

Bailey's team of students has raised $4,040 for the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2013, events across Canada raised $46.5 million.

Thirteen teams are registered for this year's Whitehorse event. The 12-hour relay starts with a survivors' brunch and a cancer survivors victory lap, then team members will take turns running or walking until midnight.

Yellowknife's Relay for Life is scheduled for Sat. June 13 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning at the Field House. Twenty-one teams are registered, including a team from Hay River after that community's Relay for Life was cancelled this year due to a lack of volunteers.

Iqaluit is also holding a Relay for Life on Sat. July 26 at the Arctic Winter Games Arena.