Last year’s Relay for Life post was one of my favorites because of how important this event is to so many people. The fight is as strong as ever as Woodlanders come out to support this year’s fundraiser on October 1st & 2nd. Lisa Singleton, Community Manager for Relay for Life, explained what Relay for Life is and how it benefits our community.
What is the Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is an event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease, all while raising money for the American Cancer Society.
How long has this event been going on for?
31 years! The first Relay For Life took place in 1985 in Tacoma Washington. Relay For Life of Woodland is in its 16th year.
What is the timeline for the event?
The Relay For Life of Woodland is a 24-hour event, and the point of this is to walk a day in the life of a cancer patient. Cancer doesn’t rest and neither do we!
How does a team sign up and how, as an individual can you join a team?
Anyone can sign up here. They can form a team of family/friends/coworkers and participate or they can sign up as an individual and just come out and enjoy the day!
Where do the fundraising monies go?
100% of the money raised at Relay For Life goes to the American Cancer Society in order to fund groundbreaking cancer research, give patient support as well as provide prevention, detection and treatment information and education.
Is there a website for donations?
Yes, it is www.relayforlife.org/woodlandca
How many volunteers does it take to host the event? Do you need more?
Many hands make light work, so we are ALWAYS in need of volunteers. There are positions out there for everyone from being on the event planning team all the way to just helping out for a few hours the day of the event.
What do you want Woodland to know about the Relay For Life?
We want Woodland to know that the Relay for Life is a community event. Everyone is invited to come out and spend some time with us. The money raised for the American Cancer Society directly benefits our community through programs like Look Good…Feel Better, Road to Recovery and other resources offered to Patients and Families during and after treatment.
All photos courtesy of Relay for Life of Woodland