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Relay For Life

Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level!

Teams of 10-15 people fundraise individually and as a team to help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives and support those who are facing cancer. Relay participants make a commitment to raise at least $100 and are supported with the tools to reach their goals.

At Relay, teams gather with cancer survivors at their local track, stadium or sports field and take turns walking laps all night. Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing. Teams stay overnight in the decorated tent city, united to enjoy music, food, activities and entertainment and to celebrate life.

Why is Relay overnight?

Relay For Life symbolizes and honours a cancer patient’s journey. For the thousands of Canadians fighting cancer right now, their journey is long and hard. From the shock of initial diagnosis, through days of treatment and the long nights that follow for them, cancer never sleeps, so neither do we.

At Relay For Life, each step we take is our way of showing them that they are not alone. As the sun rises and Relay draws to a close, we commit to continuing the fight for life all year long.

What happens at Relay?

Relay For Life is a global movement against cancer, taking place in 20 countries worldwide, including over 500 communities across Canada. From coast to coast, in communities big and small, thousands of Canadians will join together to fight back.

Relay For Life is about a community coming together to fight cancer. Every Relay is as unique as the community where it takes place. With local flair, the Relay in your community will offer a night filled with music, food, games and fun featuring performers from your area.

Raise funds, be part of our community and celebrate life with cancer survivors. Staying up all night never felt so good.
Join us!

Learn more about the fun and activities at Relay For Life.


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