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Ways to Finish the Fight

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.
There are a number of ways in which you, your family, your friends, and your community can join together to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Form a Team

2009 Relay For Life - Kankakee County IL: Join A TeamTeams of family members, friends, and colleagues can join their local Relay For Life event. Teams camp out at the local high school, park, or fairground in order to take turns walking around a track or path. Each team has one representative walking at all times during the event; because cancer never sleeps, the team will Relay for 24 hours.

Interested in Forming a Team? Find your local Relay For Life. You can sign up your team online today or contact the local Relay committee for more information.

What's involved? Teams are made up of passionate people who share a commitment to raise awareness and 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 and organizing the team's fundraising throughout the year. Team Members help out by participating in team's logistics and fundraising efforts throughout the year. And at the Relay For Life event, team members take turns walking around the track. 

Celebrate Cancer Survivors 

2009 Relay For Life - Kankakee County IL: Team Captain RegisRelay For Life celebrates the 1 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 local Relay For Life. You can sign up as a survivor participant today or contact the local Relay committee for more information.

Survivors are one of the many 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

committeeThe Relay Planning Committee is the committed group of people that plan and execute your Relay For Life .

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, logistics, ceremonies, advertising the event, and much more.

Interested in becoming a committte member? Find your local Relay For Life. You can contact the local Relay committee and staff partner for more information.

Visit our committee page to learn more.

Become a Program Volunteer and Support Cancer Patients

Road to Recovery Offer direct assistance to local cancer patients and their families through the unique American Cancer Society programs.

 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.

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. Get involved here. 

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 1.800.227.2345.

Interested in becoming a program volunteer? Please call 1.800.227.2345 or visit

Become a Legislative Advocate

ACSCANMake 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.



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