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Relay for Life Information

What is RELAY?
Relay For Life is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants from all walks of life, including patients, medical support staff, local businesses, friends, families, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers to join together to fight cancer. Team members sell food, play games, walk or run around the track, camp-out, and have lots of fun socializing during this celebration of cancer survivorship. Last year, over 10,000 Personians attended and Person County's Relay For Life raised $206,,000 for the American Cancer Society. We were named a top 10 fund-raiser (per-capita) in the nation once again. Relay reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer, and that everyone who participates is making a difference!

What happens at RELAY?
The opening ceremony is dedicated to our cancer survivors. Cancer survivors from all over the community are encouraged to join us in the first lap as a celebration of their victory. This is an emotional time and it sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. Last year we celebrated with over 200 survivors as they lined the track to Relay. 

Later in the evening, we have a luminary ceremony. Candles are placed in luminary bags that are purchased in the names of cancer victims. The luminary bags outline the Relay Track and the ceremony is held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost their battle against cancer. This is a very touching and meaningful ceremony as you see family members lighting candles in memory and honor of their loved ones. Last year we prepared the highest number of luminary bags in Person County's Relay history, lighting over 5,000 candles in glowing tribute to those touched by cancer.

Who Participates?
Teams are organized by friends, relatives, local businesses, hospitals, schools, churches, service clubs and other organizations. Anyone can participate in the Relay For Life.

In addition to being the national signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Relay for Life is a family-oriented community celebration of giving and hope.

"It's About Being A Community That Takes Up The Fight..."

Eight million people in the United States are survivors of cancer. The funds raised in the fight against cancer in events like the Relay for Life help researchers and scientists make it possible for people to not just be victims of cancer - but to become survivors. The ultimate goal of the ACS is to eliminate cancer as a health risk - for everyone.

,This chart illustrates how the ACS utilizes the contributions it receives each year.

How the American Cancer Society 
Uses Your Contribution




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