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The Relay Experience

Why Join Relay For Life?

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One of those people could be you or someone you love. That's why we Relay. When you join a Relay For Life event, you're helping the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention information. When you Relay, you help save lives.

Relay for Life Celebration Photo

Celebrate & Remember with a Luminaria or Keepsake

We remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those in treatment by dedicating Luminaria bags. Each Luminaria bag is personalized with a name and or message and illuminated after dark at every Relay For Life event.

Honor a Loved One

When Communities Come Together

The money raised through Relay For Life events helps realize the American Cancer Society's mission: to save lives and celebrate life. Every day.

Donations are used to fund live-saving cancer research, patient support programs, prevention information and education, and detection and treatment programs. Here's how the money raised last year helped make a difference in 2015.

150 million

Groundbreaking
Research

Devoted to potentially life-saving cancer research grants.

51 thousand

Treatment Help
for Patients

Patients guided through the health care system by our patient navigators.

1 million

24/7
Life Line Service

Requests answered for info, help, and support via phone, email, and online chats.

316 thousand

Rides were provided to and from treatment.

361 thousand

Nights of free lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® facilities.