Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people in one day. For some participants, it is to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight. For others, it is to remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
If you are not familiar with the history of Relay For Life, it all began in May of 1985, when Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: cancer.
Gordy spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound. Friends, family, and patients watched and supported him as he walked and ran more than 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer. As he circled the track, he thought of how he could get others to take part. He envisioned having teams participate in a 24-hour fundraising event. The next year, 19 teams were part of the first Relay For Life event at the historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.
After previously battling stomach cancer, Gordy passed away from heart failure on August 3, 2014 at the age of 71. But his legacy lives on. He shaped an idea that started as one man walking and running a track and helped turn it into a global fundraising phenomenon.
At Relay For Life no donation is too small, each and every dollar counts. Your donations help fund groundbreaking cancer research, patient care programs, and can make a difference in communities like ours. With every donation, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives.
As a community, Boyertown, Pennsylvania does an outstanding job of scheduling special events and sponsorship opportunities leading up to the main June 22nd event, held at the Boyertown Community Park. Our small community has seen too many families devastated by the loss of a loved one to cancer, which makes The Relay For Life very personal to all of us.
Every donation helps. For a list of local events you can participate in, please visit this link.