October 21, 2009

Relay Wednesday #1

I have decided to dedicate Wednesdays to Relay For Life.. at least on
my blog! Every Wednesday I will post something about Relay. How funds
raised are used in the community, what resources the American Cancer
Society (ACS) has available for survivors and their caretakers, updates on our local Relay etc.

This week I would like to tell you a little bit about what the Relay For Life is. The Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's primary fund-raising event. This is what the ACS has to say about the Relay For Life:

The American Cancer Society 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.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in
Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise
money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from
a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest
movement to end the disease. 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. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more
birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s

If you would like to make a donation to the Relay For Life, just click on the badge at the
top of this post. If you would like to start a team for the Leavenworth
Kansas Relay For Life, please email me for information. If you would like to find out about a Relay For Life event in your area, check out the main Relay for Life website.

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