Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

Relay For Life is more than a walk – it’s a chance to come together in your local community to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against every cancer as we come together for every life.

Be a part of the global community of passionate supporters working to help end cancer as we know it, for everyone.


1. Sign Up

When you sign up for Relay, you can choose to lead a team in your community, join an existing team, or participate solo.

2. Recruit friends and family

However you choose to participate, get friends and family to join you - more people means more power to fight cancer.

3. Raise money

Send emails and texts. Set up a Facebook Fundraiser. There are lots of ways to raise money for Relay. Here are resources to make getting started easier.

4. Celebrate

Come together virtually or in person at a Relay event to support community, honor survivors, and celebrate our impact.


Vicki And Amy

“Three words to describe Relay for Life for me: community, fundraising, and tutus.”

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“Relay is a gathering of people who are hurting and people who are there to help.”

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“Raising money for Relay, I feel like I’m doing something for all of my family.”

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“There are going to be tears, but Emily will be the reason we enjoy the day.”

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The Luminaria Ceremony is a signature element of every Relay For Life event. At nightfall, these homemade paper lanterns, decorated with the names of loved ones, are lit in honor and in memory of a life touched by cancer. The ceremony includes a moment of silence for those we have lost. When you make a donation for a Luminaria, you are honoring a loved one while helping the American Cancer Society continue to fight cancer on all fronts.


Relay History

One person can make a difference. In May 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: cancer.

Gordy spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound. Friends, family, and patients watched and supported him as he walked and ran more than 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer. As he circled the track, he thought of how he could get others to take part. He envisioned having teams participate in a 24-hour fundraising event. The next year, 19 teams were part of the first Relay For Life event at the historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.

After previously battling stomach cancer, Gordy passed away from heart failure on August 3, 2014 at the age of 71. But his legacy lives on. He shaped an idea that started as one man walking and running a track and helped turn it into a global fundraising phenomenon.


Relay Rewards

The ACS Rewards program is our way of thanking you for your creativity and passion! Earn points for every dollar raised and you can redeem those points for Relay products and swag.

Relay Rewards
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Any donation amount helps save lives from breast cancer.

Cancer has touched all of us in some way. And we want to stop this disease in its tracks. We'll spend the next few weeks fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Then, on the day of the event, we'll honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others.  

Together, we'll be a part of making a difference in this important cause.

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