What is Relay For Life?

The Relay For Life movement began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt (a colorectal surgeon) decided to walk and run for 24 hours in Takoma, Washington, USA, in order to support the American Cancer Society and his cancer patients. That was the beginning of a team event that allowed communities to take up the fight against cancer. In 1996 the Relay For Life movement went Global, with it’s first community event in Portsmouth, United Kindgom.

For 25 years the Global Relay For Life movement has brought together cancer societies across the globe, now uniting 29 Relay For Life Partners in one shared mission: to find a cure for cancer and support patients and their families throughout their journey.

In 2019 the Global Relay For Life program raised over $51 million US dollars by engaging more than 28,000 teams, 484,000 participants, and celebrated over 43,000 cancer survivors!

Fundraising for Global Relay For Life

There is no fundraising requirement to join the Global Relay For Life Festival, however all of our cancer fighting missions depend on funds raised! We hope you will support your country’s organization by seeking donations and by selling luminaria that will be displayed during the Festival.