Relay For Life

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Wanda Zimmerman, cancer survivor and Relay For Life supporter

"Being involved has really helped me feel like I'm part of the community. I've made so many new friends and feel like I'm really fighting back and making a difference."

Relay For Life® is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.


About Relay For Life

Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Friends, families, neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay.


  • Participants organize into teams of 8 to 15 members.
  • Each team member raises money in the weeks leading up to the event. The suggested fundraising goal per team member is $100.
  • All Cancer Survivors are invited to walk the Survivors Lap at the beginning of the event.
  • At dusk, the glowing Luminaria Ceremony honors cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their fight with the disease.


How to Join

You can join your local Relay For Life as a Team Captain or Team Member, a Planning Committee Member, Cancer Survivor, Caregiver, event sponsor, a Day Of Event volunteer, or a donor. Click here to find a Relay event in your area.

For more information visit or call 1-800-227-2345.