The concept of Relay for Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a surgeon in Tacoma, Washington and American Cancer Society volunteer, ran and walked 81 miles on a local track for 24 hours. He raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society and showed that one person really can make a difference. From his experience the Relay for Life event evolved. 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 with funds to promote awareness, research and treatment.
Once a year, the community of Kitsap County comes together in an overnight gathering where teams camp out at a local school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the overnight event. The Doctors Clinic has been a sponsor of this event and its employees have had a team take part in this movement for many years.
Whether you are a cancer survivor, a caregiver, supporting friends or loved ones, or simply wanting to make a difference, Relay for Life empowers everyone who participates. I encourage you to consider joining us at our Kitsap County Relay for Life to celebrate and support cancer survivors. Whether you stay for the whole event, camp overnight or just visit and walk a few laps, your commitment and support will make a meaningful contribution to the cancer fight.