More ways than ever to Relay

The Relay For Life movement is dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up - virtually or in person - to make a difference. When we rally together in the fight against cancer, we can accomplish anything.

HOW TO RELAY

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.

WHY I RELAY

Vicki And Amy

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

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Deanna

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

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Brandi

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

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Jodi

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

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DEDICATE A LUMINARIA

Whether your Relay event is in-person, drive-by, or virtual, you’ll see Luminaria – homemade paper lanterns – decorated with the names of loved ones. Each Luminaria is in honor or remembrance of a life touched by cancer, accompanied by a moment of silence for those we’ve lost. When you make a donation for a Luminaria, it helps the American Cancer Society continue to fight cancer on all fronts.

OUR HISTORY

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.

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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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