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Since its beginnings with one man in Tacoma, USA in 1985, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life program has turned into a global movement spanning all continents, giving a voice to cancer survivors and caregivers, and mobilizing people to take up the fight against cancer. Today, Relay raises nearly USD 500 million annually engaging 24 countries in the fight. Relay is now the largest fund-raising movement in the world, raising over USD 5 billion since its founding.

Global Relay For Life provides an opportunity for participants to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too many. More than a fundraiser, Relay For Life fosters hope, healing, and inspiration in over 6,000 communities across the world.

Relay is now the largest fund-raising movement in the world, raising over USD 5 billion since its founding.

Participation in Global Relay For Life has grown steadily since 1996.

Number of countries participating, by year

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Dots depicting the number of countries participating in Global Relay For Life from 1985 through 2014

Global Relay For Life empowers local cancer organizations to promote community cancer awareness, advocate for change, and reduce the burden of this disease. Relay volunteers globally have advocated for change, sending tens of thousands of petitions to Parliament in Australia to pass their largest colorectal cancer screening bill in history, while survivors from Jamaica and the United Kingdom brought their voices to the United Nations.

The effect of countries participating in Global Relay For Life is exponential.

2012 year in review

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Dots depicting the reach and success of Global Relay For Life

To learn more about Global Relay For Life or bring Relay to your organization, please visit RelayForLife.org/global or contact globalrelayforlifemovement@cancer.org.

“All communities which have participated in Relay For Life have seen the change it is making in their communities. In every community where a Relay is taking place, a light of hope has been lit.”

Sandra Jacobs, Volunteer, Cancer Association of South Africa