Why Relay?

Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature event, brings communities together in the fight against cancer.  

Relay for Life is a unique celebration of cancer survivorship and remembrance of those who have been lost. Relays are overnight events where teams of volunteers camp out at a local high school, park or fairground and take turns walking around a track or path, keeping one member of their team on the track at all times.  

The event begins with a Survivors Lap where cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track, and later in the evening a candlelight ceremony is held to honor cancer survivors and remember those who’ve been lost to the disease.  

Nationwide, Relay for Life brings together more than 3.5 million people from all walks of life to raise money and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. The funds raised at Relay events fund cancer research, advocacy efforts, early detection and prevention education, and patient services.  

The All Are Our Heroes song project supports Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society with a message of faith, hope and encouragement. Add your voice to the effort! Click here to make a donation.