Apr 12, 2018

Relay for Life is Coming to Metro Detroit

Cancer impacts nearly everyone. In fact, this year alone more than 24,000 people in metro Detroit will be diagnosed with the disease. It afflicts both men and women (one in three will get cancer in their lifetime), at every age and across every demographic.


In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt decided something needed to be done in support of those battling cancer. Klatt walked for 24 hours around a track to symbolize the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer. Since then, the Relay For Life movement has spread to communities across the globe, raising more than $5 billion to help save lives throughout the world.

This inspiring event unites people throughout the community with the common goal of saving lives, celebrating life and leading the fight for a world without cancer. Teams camp out and take turns walking around a track. They join local cancer survivors in celebrating their collective victory over cancer during a special Survivors Lap. They take time to honor and remember cancer survivors and those we’ve lost during the evening Luminaria Ceremony. They also fight back against cancer by coming together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Here in metro Detroit, there are 25 local Relay For Life events, led by passionate volunteers in the community. Each has a unique location, theme, and flavor, but all events are united in a common goal – a world without cancer.   Local events include: St. Clair County, Canton/Plymouth, Clinton Township, Farmington-Farmington Hills, Greater Romeo, Greater Shelby Township, New Baltimore, Taylor, Chesterfield, Garden City Area, South Lyon, the Eastside (St. Clair Shores), Troy, West Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills, Waterford-North Oakland, Westland-Wayne, Lapeer, Detroit, Rochester, Dexter, Redford Livonia, Romulus and Royal Oak.

Funds raised from these events support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to attack cancer in dozens of ways, from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. Things like: providing access to info and emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a week through the Society’s national Cancer Information Center; providing transportation to cancer patients to and from their treatment appointments through Road to Recovery; and ensuring cancer issues remain a focus for our local, state and federal government. Funds raised also enable the American Cancer Society support 23 grants for more $12.8 million for cancer research right here in Michigan this year.


To learn more about your local Relay For Life event or how you can get involved, visit www.relayforlife.org, visit the local event pages linked above or call your local American Cancer Society office at 248.663.3401. Or, if you or someone you know needs support through a cancer diagnosis or information about cancer, contact them by phone at 800.227.2345, day or night. 

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