6 pm GMT November 12 - 6 pm GMT November 13

Global Relay For Life Virtual Festival

25 Years of Celebrating, Remembering and Fighting Back Globally

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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!

Our global impact in 2019

$212 Million

We raised $212 million US Dollars

293,364

We had 293,364 registered survivors

1.75 Million

We had 1.75 million registered participants

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