What is Relay for Life?

Relay for Life first began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked more than 83 miles and raised $27,000 for the fight against cancer in Tacoma, Washington. Since 1985, Relay for Life has grown into a nationwide event raising nearly $5 billion in fundraising to save lives against cancer.

Florida State University will host its 14th annual Relay for Life event on April 21-22 at the Old IM Fields. The Relay for Life event will be a 13 hour event, and participants will continuously walk around a track through the night representing that CANCER NEVER SLEEPS!

Participants stay the night so they can embody a cancer patient’s journey from the first treatment until they hit remission. Sunset marks a patient’s diagnosis and realization. The early morning hours are filled with haziness and doubt, representing a patient tired with the fight. Sunrise brings a renewed hope, shining light on the end of struggle and creating a brighter picture.

Stay the night with us this upcoming April. Stay for those who can’t. Stay for those who fought. Stay for those who continue their fight. Stay for a cure.