June 16, 2018
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
411 4th Street
Join Us in the Fight Against Cancer!
Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Place: Historic Downtown Square
Theme: Give Cancer the Boot
Krystal Schroeder 402-587-0387
Linda Schwisow 402-729-7523
Betty Novotny 402-587-1657
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of eight to 12 members gather to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. A highlight of the Relay is the luminaria ceremony to remember those who lost their battle with cancer and to honor cancer survivors.
The Relay reinforces the message that more and more people are surviving cancer. Today, one out of two patients diagnosed with cancer survives. This is tremendous progress, made possible in part by Relay For Life funds.
About Relay for Life
The history for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event began with one person, Dr. Gordy Klatt. A Tacoma, Washington colorectal surgeon, he wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed—running marathons. One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington, as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for more than 83 miles. Throughout the night, friends paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. He raised $27,000 to fight cancer. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt’s friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course.
While he circled the track those 24 hours, he thought about how others could take part. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Months later he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In 1986, 19 teams took part in the first team relay event on the track at the colorful, historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.
Today, Dr. Klatt’s enthusiasm and spirit for the event continues, turning into an international campaign with over 21 countries and nations hosting Relay for Life. Collectively, American fundraising from the event tops over $400 million a year. In 2011, the entire fundraising total since the Relay for Life’s inception reached $400 billion in the fight against cancer.
Though the elements of Relay for Life events vary from city to city and place to place, its mission does not change. It wages a very personal battle against cancer.