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Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser. It was started in Tacoma Washington in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt, a surgeon.  Dr. Klatt felt there had to be a way to bring awareness about cancer and a way to generate funds for research.  Sadly Dr. Klatt succumbed to stomach cancer in 2014. He raised $13,000 walked around a track for 24 hours.

The premise of Relay is that cancer never sleeps so neither should we.  Events now can be 24 hours, 18 hours or 12 hours, but all the money raised goes to cancer research, awareness and programs that ACS offer (Look Good Feel Good Program, Hope Lodge, Cancer Care Rides).

People form teams of 10 or more people and fundraise up to and day of the event. One person from your team should be on the track at all times during the night (that's the relay part).  On the day of the event we Party with a Purpose.  We have an event within the event which is known as the Survivor Reception, because survivors are the Heart of Relay.  At this event, our survivors are showered with food, entertainment, guest speakers and gifts.  Meanwhile, the teams set themselves up around a track with tents, etc. and their on-site fundraiser.  The opening (start) of Relay begins with a lap done by the survivors and their caregivers.  The rest of the night is a night of walking or running, entertainment, comradery, and reflection.

We have luminaria ceremony during the night.  A luminaria is a candle lit bag that is bought by anyone that is decorated in honor of someone who battled cancer and won or in memory of someone who has succumbed to cancer.  Relay is all about COMMUNITY TAKING UP A FIGHT TO FUND A CURE.

Advisor/Contact Info:  Mrs. Federici
Meeting Dates:  Listen to announcements