Relay F&Q



Why Relay?

Everyone’s reason to Relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry, and create lasting memories.

No matter why you take part in Relay, however, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save lives. The success of Relay For Life depends on individuals who commit to raising money and the people who donate to them. Friends, families, neighbors, classmates, companies, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay.


Is there a registration fee?

The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 registration/commitment fee (per person) that is due upon registration. After that, anything you can raise through individual, team, or online fundraising is graciously accepted.

What is a team captain or team member?

Team captains and team members are the “foot-soldiers” in the fight against cancer. Teams are made up of 8-15 people who share a passion and commitment to raise money throughout the year. Fundraising efforts are culminated and celebrated at community Relay For Life events.

Team captains lead their team by attending monthly update meetings in their community. Team captains are the liaisons between the event committee and their team. Team captains organize and delegate needs for the team’s fundraising events throughout the year as well as for the team’s participation in activities throughout the night of the event.

What is a Luminaria?

Luminaria are bags, each with a special meaning, that are illuminated during one of the most moving parts of any Relay For Life event, the Luminaria Ceremony. Some luminaria celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer and have lived to tell their stories. Many remember the lives of loved ones who have been lost to this disease. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.