Relay for Life are events sponsored by the American Cancer Society. These events are held in more than 20 countries and attract more than four million participants. Designed to help raise cancer awareness and funds for cancer support and research, these successful events are held in spring and summer months, when the weather is nice for outdoor events.

Many cancer supporters wear rubber wristbands, which are utilized as awareness bracelets or cancer bracelets. Reminderband is able to personalize any style of wristband, which is perfect for cancer supporters and cancer survivors.

What is Relay for Life? First, the event opens at a track area with an opening ceremony. The event begins by cancer survivors’ walking the all-important “survivor lap,” helping signify their defeat of this deadly disease. The third lap is given to the caregivers who have helped support and provide cancer patients with valuable care. The fourth lap is open to all relay teams and the fifth lap includes lit candles that celebrate the life of loved ones that passed on or are currently fighting this difficult disease. The sixth portion includes activities, entertainment and family games. The seventh, and final event, includes a “Fight Back Ceremony,” which essentially closes the event. The relay teams take a final lap, an action to spread awareness is pledged and the message of cancer prevention and treatment is shared.

Relay for Life is active in more than 5,200 communities, and includes a wide variety of supporters, participants and volunteers who are dedicated to helping fight the battle against cancer. Every year this event helps raise more than $400 million dollars towards research, information for cancer patients and specific caregiver information. Getting involved is simple:

  • Locate a local Relay for Life event.
  • Sign up for the event and
    • Fundraise;
    • Donate time to walk, as a survivor, team captain, team member or caregiver; or
  • Volunteer and
    • Help assist with local events by coordinating, setting up, assisting during survivor dinner plans, cleaning up, distributing information, etc.; or
  • Donate
    • Make an individual, team or event donation or gift.

The Relay for Life website offers excellent ideas for fundraising ideas, including items that the American Cancer Society can and cannot sell. Memories, donation cards, homemade crafts and team name projects are excellent ways to help raise valuable funds and donations for cancer awareness groups.