Those inspirational words describe the Relay for Life, an event that celebrates the people who have survived or are battling cancer, remembers those we have lost, and fights back against the disease.

“Relay” is the main volunteer fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

It started in the mid-1980’s when Gordon Klatt, M.D., a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma raised money in honor of his patients by walking around the track at the University of Puget Sound for 24 hours.  He walked 83 miles and railed $27,000 to fight cancer.  Since then, Relay has blossomed into an overnight event where people camp out all night at tracks in over 5,000 communities in the United States and over 21 foreign countries; walking or running in honor of lost loved ones, cancer survivors, and to further the fight against cancer.  One person really can make a difference!

If you would like to volunteer, donate, or learn more, please visit the Relay for Life website at: http://www.relayforlife.org/

Doug Weinmaster at Relay for Life