So if you remember, back on Day 36, I mentioned one of my favorite non-profits, the American Cancer Society. Right now is the perfect time to have this post, because it's right in the middle of Relay season!
Here's a little history:
In 1985, a man named Dr. Gordy Klatt decided to go around a track for 24 hours to raise money for his local American Cancer Society office. He ran a grueling 83 miles and raised over 27,000 dollars in one night! Inspired by the support he received, Dr. Klatt created Relay for Life. Ever since, Relay has been based on the premise that cancer never sleeps, so Relay participants walk around the track throughout the night!
So, why relay? Here's the video they showed at my relay kickoff meeting:
I've participated the last few years with my own team, and it's a lot of fun! However, Relay isn't just a celebration of life, but a chance to remember those that we were too late to save. Below is a picture of the luminaria ceremony at Relay, where bags are lit for everyone who has lost, fought, or beat cancer. At the beginning of Relay, they also honor survivors and caregivers by having them start the lap!
- Donate to someone you know who is participating
- Start your own team and raise funds
- Join the committee and help plan the event
- Volunteer your time the day of Relay
- Donate goods or services that your business provides
There are so many ways to give! One thing emphasized at Relay is that cancer affects everyone, so here's one way you can help! :)