Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life is Canada's biggest cancer fundraiser. It is also a life changing event that gives you and your community the opportunity to Celebrate cancer survivors, Remember and honour loved ones lost to cancer, and Fight Back for a future without cancer.
Funds raised help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives by investing in outstanding cancer research, offering caring cancer support services, and leading prevention initiatives.
Relay participants make a commitment to raise a minimum of $100 for the Canadian Cancer Society but the average participant in British Columbia and Yukon raises $335. Challenge yourself and your team, the more money raised, the bigger impact against cancer.
What Happens at Relay For Life? During this non-competitive fun-filled event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps around a track for 12 or more hours. Each team is asked to have at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the event.
Each event has three ceremonies:
Celebrate with the Survivors' Victory Lap.
Cancer survivors are invited to join in this celebratory lap that kicks off each Relay For Life event. The strength, courage and determination of survivors help the community see that many people survive cancer - we ARE making progress in the fight against cancer.
Remember with the Luminary Ceremony.
This is a special time to remember and honour loved ones who have cancer or have lost their battle with this disease. Relay participants and spectators can purchase a luminary to honour a cancer survivor or remember a loved one lost. Luminaries are placed around the Relay track and are illuminated by candles at twilight - providing a moving, unforgettable experience that motivates us to continue the fight.
Fight Back against cancer.
This is the last ceremony of the event that unites the community and inspires everyone to continue the fight against cancer. Cancer prevention and taking action can save lives. Make a personal commitment to improve your health, the health of a loved one and the health of your community. Find out what you can do to help us win the fight for life.