All over America, in communities both large and small .....volunteers are getting ready to participate in Relay for Life events. In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma Colorectal Surgeon, took the first step of his 24-hour walk/jog/run around a Tacoma, Washington track and raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. The following year, 220 supporters on 19 teams joined Dr. Klatt in this overnight event and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life was born.
Relay has now spread to 21 countries and is the main-volunteer driven fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. To date, over 3 billion dollars has been raised.
My brother, a 6 year survivor of metastic squamous cell carcinoma, shares his thoughts in his blog on celebrating life; as a survivor.