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What Makes a Relay Event Special?

  Many moments create the unique Relay experience. Event details vary by location, but all events have key moments in common:

 

     Survivors Lap

        During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating             their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. Relay For Life                   events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family,             neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.

                  Learn: Survivors Lap                                                           

 

                                                                          Luminaria Ceremony

 

         The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, so we can remember people we have lost to cancer,                  honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. Candles are            lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve            been affected by cancer.

 

 

     Fight Back Ceremony

      This emotionally powerful ceremony inspires Relay participants to take action. The Fight Back Ceremony             symbolizes the emotional commitment each of us can make in the fight against cancer. The action taken             represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer       year-round and to commit to saving lives.

 

 

                                                                       History of Relay For Life

        In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington,                       ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern               cancer.  A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life           movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.

 

 


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