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Relay for Life - Canadian Cancer Society


About Relay For Life

At Relay For Life, no one faces cancer alone. These events bring together teams of family, friends and colleagues to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost and commit to raising funds to fight all types of cancer. Relay For Life is a community of people fighting back against cancer.

Relay For Life is a festival-like fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Our events are 6 to 12 hours in length, depending on the location. Each team taking part is asked to have at least one member on the track at all times to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer. On and off track, there is always something to do at Relay For Life. Those taking a break from walking can check out the entertainment and many activities, or relax at their team’s campsite.

Celebrate cancer survivors

If you are a cancer survivor, cancer-free or living with the disease, we want to celebrate you! When you register as a survivor for Relay For Life, you will be honoured during the first lap of the relay - the Survivors’ Victory Lap.

Remember those we’ve lost

When our loved ones are diagnosed with or die from cancer, we feel an urge to do something. The Luminary Ceremony at Relay For Life provides a beautiful way for you to honour or remember your loved one.

Fight back against cancer

At Relay For Life, we walk to raise funds that fight all types of cancer through world-class research, services for patients and their families, cancer prevention initiatives and advocacy on important cancer-related issues.

What to expect

About the Canadian Cancer Society

We are Canada’s cancer voice.

We fund the most promising cancer research, provide trusted information, help bring about healthy public policies and offer support services. We are changing lives for the better so that all Canadians live more fully.

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