In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern, cancer. More than 20 years later, Relay For Life is a worldwide movement that has raised nearly $5 billion.
With paralegal Kathy Tarr leading the charge, the attorneys and staff at Zausmer, August & Caldwell, P.C. went “Casual for a Cause” last Friday to raise funds for this year’s Relay. Kathy is on a team that will participate in the June 4th event.
There are many aspects of Relay for Life that make it meaningful, including:
- A Survivors Lap where all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants;
- The Luminaria Ceremony that takes place after dark to remember by candlelight the people who lost their battles with cancer, those who have fought it in the past, and others who face it today.
- The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment each of us can make in the fight against cancer, inspiring Relay participants to take action.
For more information about the event, to volunteer, or to join or support a team, please visit the Relay for Life page on the American Cancer Society website.