Over 125 people gathered at the Varsity Grill in downtown Tacoma on Tuesday, November 16 as the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tacoma officially kicked off it’s 2011 campaign, the Seasons of HOPE. Over 75 teams have already signed up for the 2011 event and begun fundraising their efforts. The Kick Off program recognized Survivors and Caregivers, as well as the contribution made by the event’s corporate sponsors and it’s teams. Typically, more than 150 teams participate in the Tacoma event. The teams are made up of families, friends, co-workers, and even schools. Youth teams make up 1 in 4 of the total participants at Relay.
The 2011 Relay For Life of Tacoma will take place on June 10-11 at Mt. Tahoma High School. At the 24 hour event, teams walk the track for the entire 24 hours, keeping at least one member on the track at all times. The family friendly event features activities, cancer prevention information, a Luminaria ceremony to honor Survivors and Caregivers and it’s signature opening lap featuring over 800 cancer Survivors and Caregivers. The event is attended by over 10,000 participants, Survivors, Caregivers and family members each year.
“This is going to be a very good year in the fight against cancer,” said Brian Marlow, the event co-chair. “We fight this disease with a grassroots effort involving the people, businesses and very core of our community. We fight it with fun, positive efforts, family and friends, hope and, it has to be said – love. This is a family of people working together to not only eliminate cancer, but heal those affected and prevent more diagnoses. And, we’re winning the fight. Tacoma can be proud of being the birthplace of one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against cancer – Relay For Life.”
More information is available at www.tacomarelay.org. Anyone interested in forming a team and participating in Relay can email@example.com. Survivors and Caregivers are invited to attend Relay to be honored, take the opening lap and enjoy a free dinner courtesy of Olive Garden. Relay For Life of Tacoma can be followed on Facebook and Twitter
The Relay For Life is the largest non-profit fundraiser in the world and began in Tacoma in 1985, when local collorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, raised funds for local American Cancer Society programs by running the track at UPS for 24 straight hours. Today, there are over 5,000 Relay events in the U.S. and in 20 countries around the world. In 26 years, Relay has raised over $3.5 billion in the fight against cancer, more than any other cancer-related event. Relay For Life has funded over 44 Nobel Prize winning researchers and only the United States government has contributed more to cancer research.