YAA World Records

World records set by the Livestrong community as part of the Young Adult Alliance's Break Cancer program.

73 Records Found

01:18 United States

Most People To Symbolically "End Cancer"

Texas 4000

During The University of Texas’ 40 Acres Fest,501 people symbolically “ended cancer.” Each participant was given a card that said “cancer” and asked to finish the sentence, symbolically “ending cancer.” The feat was led by the Texas 4000 bicycle team.

01:21 Belgium

Longest "Boo" Directed Toward Cancer


Joseph Nagy let out a “boo” directed towards cancer that lasted non-stop for 54.31 seconds.

03:48 Portugal

Longest Drumming Marathon

Carlos Santos

Carlos Santos played the drums for over 132 hours (7,978 minutes). Santos set the record to raise awareness and support for positive parenthood and against parental alienation. See entire attempt here.

00:24 United States

Largest Group of Social Workers, Interpreters And Nurses Stand Up Against Cancer In The Most Languages

Avalon Espinoza

A group of 42 people composed of social workers, interpreters, and nurses, stand up against cancer in the most languages.

02:25 United States

Most Hugs Against Cancer

Melissa Owens

Melissa Owens embarked upon a personal goal to break a hugging record. She gave out 600 hugs during a flash mob at Portlandrsquo;s Pioneer Courthouse Square[]. Owensrsquo; hugging record was the fifth URDB record to be set by supporters of the OHSU AYA program at the Knight Cancer Institute[].

01:43 United States

Most Cigarettes Ripped In Half

Art Hoffman

Art Hoffman ripped 22 cigarettes in half.

00:57 Canada

Fastest Time To Write "Beat Cancer" 10 Times On A Skype Call

Matthew Strelau

Matthew's friend wrote “Beat Cancer” 10 times on a Skype call in 29.88 seconds.

01:39 United States

Most People Wearing "Break Cancer" Tattoos


The Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses (APHON) invited 300 people across the United States including their members, colleagues, patients and their families to wear "Break Cancer" tattoos. They set the record in recognition of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Month.

00:46 Canada

Most People To "Boo" Cancer At Once

Mel Sampson

346 people at theCanadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run For The Cure[]event “booed” cancer at once. The feat was set during World Record Weekon K-Rock 89.3.

00:39 United States

Most People To Sing "I Will Survive" In Honor Of Cancer Survivors

Break Cancer Attendees

With the help of [The Bright Light Social Hour][], 354 Break Cancer attendees sang "[I Will Survive][]" in honor of cancer survivors, a new world record. The Break Cancer attendees set the record during URDB’s [BreakCancer party][] at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson were present as witnesses.

04:45 United States

Most Young Adults To Give An Inspirational Message To Young Adults Facing Cancer

Chrystel Murrieta

UCLA Healthy Lives After Cancer, led by Chrystel Murrieta, set a record by getting 49 young adults to say an inspirational message on video to other young adults facing cancer. The video includes a stuffed animal saying an encouraging message, who wasn’t included in the final count.

02:12 United States

Most Comments On A Cancer-Related Blog Post In 24 Hours

Selena Inouye

Selena Inouye posted ablog poston OhMyAchesAndPains about cancer that received received 101 comments in 24 hours.

01:01 United States

Most Office Items Covered In Tin Foil

Lisa Watson

Lisa Watson, a Nurse Oncology Education Program marketing guru, has 62 office items wrapped in tin foil.

00:50 United States

Most Boob Wiggles In 30 Seconds

Rachel Sklar

Rachel Sklar wiggled her left boob 64 times in 30 seconds. The record was set at a World Record Appreciation Society event held at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson were present as witnesses. This record contains PG–13 content. #WRAS11


Most Positive Messages Tweeted To Someone Fighting Cancer In 24 Hours

Next Conference 2011 Attendees

Twitter users around the world sent a total of 224 tweets to Bena Roberts in a 24-hour period, wishing her good thoughts in her battle against cancer. Roberts, who is fighting breast cancer, had no idea the tweets were coming. The record was kicked off during a speech by URDB president Dan Rollman at the 2011 Next Conference in Berlin, Germany. See all tweets sent to @BenaRoberts here. Read Bena’s blog post about the record here.


Longest Standing Ovation For Cancer Survivors

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute faculty and staff and AYA External Advisory Committee members stood and cheered without interruption in honor of the cancer survivors for one minute and 19.01 seconds.

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