The meaning behind the Relay For Life of Ruach: Using a location to name the Sunday Relay was out of the question because we wanted something that would be inclusive of all the area north of the Chattachoochee River. Additionally, the name had to be appropriate for the Sunday Relay as it grew to include the entire Atlanta metro area. For these reasons the Sunday Relay will use “Ruach Atlanta”.
Ruach is first mentioned in both versions of the creation story, the making of the world and the making of human beings. It is the Ruach of Elohim that is blown into Adam and expands him into life. Ruach or Spirit is used throughout the Bible in the sense of an invisible force or power; and, depending on the context it can be used to express truth, hope, will, wisdom and faith. In the Tenakh the word ruach generally means breath, mind and spirit.
The American Cancer Society Relays are about life… about survival and about remembrance. Relay for Life Ruach Atlanta evokes not only the spirit with which this event is being created but also the spirit, will, hope and faith of the participants, the survivors and the caregivers who will be honored and those who will be remember.
Ruach pays tribute to our religious heritage and honors the essence of all Relays for Life. Relay for Life Ruach Atlanta seemed to be the perfect fit.