Relay for Life began in the USA in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over US$27,000, and showed that one person really can make a difference.
Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. Celebrated by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries, this
inspirational overnight event empowers and unites local communities to fight cancer.
Relay for Life founded by
Dr Gordy Klatt
Counties with Relay for Life events in Ireland
Hours of Relaying
Relayers across the world WILL make the difference
– Dr Gordy Klatt