What is Relay For Life? - Canadian Cancer Society

About Relay For Life

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What is Relay For Life?

Since 1999 Relay For Life has united a collective of Canadians, who are a force-for-life in the face of cancer. At Relay For Life events, participants of all ages gather at a community space and take turns walking around a track or path to symbolize the perseverance and action needed to change the future of cancer.

Why we relay

During Relay, we honour Participants of Hope during our first lap - the Lap of Hope. When the sun goes down, luminaries light the track in memory of those we have lost.

Participants are asked to fundraise to:

Support groundbreaking cancer research into all types of cancer

Offer support services to help people better manage life with cancer

Shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease

Offer trusted cancer information for all Canadians

Wherever your Relay takes place, you will be joining thousands of people across the country who have shown up to support their communities. Join us, and together, we can prove that we are bigger than cancer.

Honour Participants of Hope

Cancer can affect our lives in countless ways. At Relay for Life, Participants of Hope are those who are living with cancer, a cancer survivor, or carrying a genetic risk for the disease. We will honor our Participants of Hope during the first lap around the track. Our Participants of Hope can also drop by our Hope Lounge for a welcoming experience.

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Luminary ceremony

Whether you Relay for a parent, child, grandparent or friend, luminaries are a powerful symbol that our loved ones are always in our hearts. The Luminary Ceremony at Relay For Life allows us to honour and remember those we love, every step of the way. Find out more and create a personalized luminary here.

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About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and shape healthy public policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease.

Help us make a difference. Call us toll-free at 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.