Here at Central Florida Regional Hospital, we’re proud to participate in Relay for Life each year. This popular event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Cancer touches so many lives, and we’re dedicated to finding new treatments—and eventually a cure—for cancer.
A Life-Changing Event
Every year in communities across the country, survivors, caregivers, and many others gather for up to 24 hours. They celebrate loved ones’ triumph over the disease, remember those lost to cancer, and pledge their support to finding a cure. Regardless of where the event is held, every Relay for Life includes specific traditions:
- The Survivors Lap: Survivors are invited to circle the track together to celebrate their victory over cancer.
- The Luminaria Ceremony: To remember loved ones, luminaries bearing the names of those lost are lit and placed around the track. Relay participants often do a lap in silence, as well.
- The Fight Back Ceremony: This ceremony gives participants the opportunity to make a personal pledge. This may be a pledge to visit the dermatologist or to quit smoking.
From a Single Man, to a National Movement
Relay for Life began in 1985, when a single doctor ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, had no idea that he’d sparked a movement that would grow into something so momentous.
Now each year, more than 5,000 communities across the world host a Relay for Life event. Over 3.5 million people participate. In our community, Relay for Life will be happening soon! If you’d like to learn more about the event or join one of our CFRH teams, please contact us. Call 1-800-445-3392 for more information.