Ways to Volunteer
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to:
- Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
- Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
- Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.
||Form a Team and Fight Back against Cancer!
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people fundraise and camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a team member on the track at all times during the event. Relays are 24 hours in length; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps.
Interested in Forming a Team? Find your Local Relay Event here. Some Relay events have websites listed where you can register your team and accept donations online.
What's involved? Teams are made up of 8-15 people who share a passion and commitment to raise money throughout the year. Teams can be composed of friends, families, co-workers, companies, churches, social clubs, offices, small businesses...and the list goes on. Team Captains and Team Members are the "foot-soldiers" in the fight against cancer.
Team Captains lead their team by representing them at monthly update meetings in your community. Team Captains organize and delegate the team's fund-raising events throughout the year - as well as the team's participation in activities throughout the night of the event. Team Members help out by participating in team and individual fund-raisers throughout the year. At the Relay For Life event, team members take turns walking around the track. Some will walk in the afternoon. Some will walk in the evening. And yes, some will even walk the "zombie" shift (the wee hours of the morning). Visit our Team Toolkit page to learn more!
||Celebrate Cancer Survivors
An important part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® is the celebration of nearly 11 million cancer survivors who are alive in the United States today. Are you a Survivor? Whether you are currently fighting your battle, or have been cancer-free for many years, you are a survivor.
Be Celebrated at Relay! Find your Find your Local Relay Event here. Some Relay events have websites listed where you can register your team and accept donations online.
Survivors are the main reason we continue to Relay. You show we are making great strides in our fight against cancer, so we invite you to come join us. We also celebrate the many Caregivers who have provided countless hours of care and support.
||Join the Planning Committee
The Relay Planning Committee is a group of people that plan and execute the actual Relay For Life event.
Committee volunteers pull it all together from Kick-off to Wrap Up. Led by volunteer chairs, some committee members focus on growing the event, like recruiting new teams, finding sponsors, survivors, and helping teams learn more about Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Other committee members focus on event production, like event night activities, logistics, planning ceremonies, advertising the event, and much more.
Interested in becoming a committte member? Contact your Find your Local Relay Event here. Some Relay events have websites listed where you can find more details on Open Committee Positions.
The Relay Committee is a diverse group of volunteers. It is composed of many different people with many different skills for the many different features of Relay For Life. Visit our committee page to learn more!
Join Our Cancer Prevention Study - 3 (CPS-3)
You can join the movement for more birthdays and fight back against cancer by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study - 3 (CPS-3).
The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting
men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal
history of cancer to join this historic research study. By joining CPS-3, you can help us
understand how to prevent cancer, which will save lives and give people
more of their most precious resource: time.
To find a CPS-3 enrollment site at a Relay For Life event near you, please visit www.cancer.org/cps3.
||Become a Program Volunteer and Support Cancer Patients
Offer direct assistance to local cancer patients and their families through programs like these. Interested in becoming a program volunteer? Please call 1.800.ACS.2345 or click the links provided below.
Look Good...Feel Better
Licensed cosmetologists teach cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Get involved here!
Man to Man
Share information and give needed support to men and their loved ones following a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Get involved here!
Reach to Recovery
Breast cancer survivors offer hope and answers to recently diagnosed women.
Get Involved here!
Road to Recovery
Give cancer patients a ride to and from medical appointments.
For more information, please call 1.800.ACS.2345
Call Back Program
Contact cancer patients, survivors and caregivers who have been helped with American Cancer Society programs to ensure that we have met their needs and offer additional services. For more information, please call 1.800.ACS.2345
Become a Legislative Advocate
Cancer Action Network
Make your voice heard today. Tell your lawmakers why increased cancer research funding is important to you.Contact your legislators, help at Relay For Life events, work on campaigns, or recruit and train others.
Become an Advocacy Volunteer here!