Relay for Life

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  • 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.