In 2008, 7.6 million people died of cancer: 13% of deaths worldwide
An estimated $420 million was raised in 2008.
More than $3 billion has been raised since 1985.
In total, 4,960 communities hosted Relay For Life events in 2008, and more than 5,000 Relay For Life events are planned for 2009.
Nationwide, Relayers raised $1.40 per capita.
Across the United States, 190 new communities joined the Relay For Life movement in 2008.
Relay For Life is the largest nonprofit fundraising event in the world.
Thirty-seven corporations and their employees, as well as four non-corporate community partners, are part of the Relay For Life National Team Program, and they are projected to raise more than $19 million in 2008.
Relay began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of his walk/jog/run around a track in Tacoma, Washington.
Relay For Life is a worldwide movement that takes place in 19 countries outside the United States.
Teams of eight to 15 people form a Relay team and camp out at a local track, stadium, park, or fairground. They take turns walking, jogging, or running around a track or path.
Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.
Relays are overnight events, up to 24 hours in length.
Relay is a community gathering where everyone is welcome to participate. People from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, places of worship, schools, and service club organizations come together to form teams.