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What does Relay For Life raise money for?
For over 35 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised through Relay For Life directly support breakthrough research, 24/7 support for cancer patients, access to lifesaving screenings, and much more.
How much money does Relay For Life raise each year?
A new generation of Relay participants and volunteers raised $22.7 million at 503 college campuses, while 136 high school events raised $6.3 million, and 540 elementary and middle school events raised $2 million.
Is Relay For Life a run?
Relay For Life is a global movement that brings communities together to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer. Relay For Life is also a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
How many countries participate in Relay For Life?
Global Relay For Life (GRFL) engages global organizations to empower communities and accelerate the fight for a world without cancer. Currently, the American Cancer Society partners with 29 countries on six continents, worldwide to host Relay For Life events.
Are Relay For Life donations tax deductible?
Yes, monetary donations to the Society are tax-deductible (including donations to events like Relay For Life or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer); however, certain donations in which the donor receives a good or service in return for a donation are not tax-deductible or maybe only partially deductible.
How do you start a Relay for Life event?
First, you must find a Relay for Life event in your area that you would like to participate in. You can join a team that is already established or you can create your own. Each participant must pay a $10 registration fee either online or through the local American Cancer Society (ACS) chapter.
What do you do at Relay for Life?
WHAT HAPPENS AT A RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT? Teams and individuals fundraise and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Music, games, food, fun and fundraising. Participants will take part in fundraising the months leading up to the event.
How did Relay For Life get started?
OUR HISTORY In May 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: cancer. Gordy spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound.
How long is the Relay For Life?
six to 24 hours
It’s an opportunity for us to remember loved ones lost and honor survivors of all cancers. Traditionally, Relay events last anywhere from six to 24 hours with teams of survivors, caregivers and supporters taking turns walking around a track or designated path.