Since 1985, Relay For Life has grown from one man – Dr. Gordy Klatt, who walked, jogged and ran around a track for 24 hours raising money for his local American Cancer Society unit – to a movement to eliminate cancer that now takes place in more than 5,100 communities in the United States and in 20 other countries around the world. Nearly 4 million people participate in the life-changing event, which has raised a total of more than $4 billion to fund the American Cancer Society’s mission.
Everyone in Nassau County who has been touched by cancer is invited to attend. This team event builds friendship among team members by having fun and raising money for the fight against cancer. It’s the perfect team-building event for any organization.
The event consists of teams who spend 18 hours together in efforts to raise money and fight cancer. Each team has at least one member walking or running the track during the entire event.
Relay For Life is about celebrating, remembering and fighting back. The Society celebrates cancer survivors by inviting all local cancer survivors to start each Relay event. The Survivors Lap honors those who have won their fight against cancer and those who are currently undergoing treatment.
The Society remembers all of those touched with cancer with the Luminaria Ceremony after dusk. The track is lined with luminaria marked with the names of those who survived and those who lost their battle with cancer. The Society fights back by raising money for research, education, local patient services, and advocacy.
The event is also filled with music, live entertainment, games and other activities.
We need your support! By forming a team from your company, church, school, neighborhood, etc., you will not only be part of a great community event, but you will raise funds to improve the quality of life for cancer patients today and the outlook for those diagnosed in the future.
There will be a meeting for Team Captains or those who want to learn more, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at the Fernandina Beach Police Station on Lime Street, in their community room.
If you are interested in learning more about this important event, please call Anne Taylor at 904-391-3645.
It’s about being a community that takes up the fight!