It may sound ironic, but today, people across the US will be high-fiving for cancer. April 18, 2013 is the 11th Annual National High Five Day (NHFD), celebrated to raise awareness for cancer research.
NHFD was organized in 2002 by a group of students at the University of Virginia. The phenomenon spread across the nation and is now celebrated each year on the third Thursday of April. The students who started the trend have now turned the day’s theme into a charitable organization called the National High Five Project. The organization raises money for cancer research.
Each year on National High Five Day, the organization now holds a National High-Five-A-Thon. Individuals or a team can register as a participant. Participants ask friends and family to sponsor them as they register to give 55 high-fives on NHFD. The money raised is donated to five different cancer research centers.
Since a ‘high five’ is used as a gesture of celebration, many also use it as a day to show appreciation for friends and family. In offices, homes, schools and other places across the nation, high fives today will show both a gratitude for friends and family and raise awareness for cancer research.
Do your part to celebrate NHFD - Make sure you high-five co-workers, family members, classmates or teachers by the end of the day!