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The Relay Experience

Why Join Relay For Life?

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One of those people could be you or someone you love. That's why we Relay. When you join a Relay For Life event, you're helping the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention information. When you Relay, you help save lives.

Relay for Life Celebration Photo

Celebrate & Remember with a Luminaria

We remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those in treatment by dedicating Luminaria bags. Each Luminaria bag is personalized with a name and or message and illuminated after dark at every Relay For Life event.

Honor a Loved One

When Communities Come Together

The money raised through Relay For Life events helps realize the American Cancer Society's mission: to save lives and celebrate life. Every day.

Donations are used to fund live-saving cancer research, patient support programs, prevention information and education, and detection and treatment programs. Here's how the money raised last year helped make a difference in 2015.

150 million

Groundbreaking
Research

Devoted to potentially life-saving cancer research grants.

135 thousand

Cancer Diagnoses

Adults will be diagnosed with colon and rectum cancer this year.

1 million

24/7
Cancer Helpline

Requests answered for info, help, and support via phone, email, and online chats.

316 thousand

Rides were provided to and from treatment.

361 thousand

Nights of free lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® facilities.