What is Relay For Life?

At Relay For Life, no one faces cancer alone. Relay is an event like no other, where you join your family, friends and colleagues to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and commit to raising funds for life-saving research and support services. At Relay, we come together with our communities to celebrate life and give hope to those living with this disease.

So what can you expect at a Relay? For 20 years, Relay For Life has been the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. At your Relay, you’ll see participants of all ages taking turns walking around a designated track. Our events are 6 to 12 hours in length, depending on the location. We ask each team to have at least one member on the track at all times, as a way to symbolize how we’re all affected by cancer. With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we all know someone whose life has been changed by this disease.

On and off track, there’s always something to do at Relay For Life. Those taking a break from walking can check out their event’s entertainment and activities, or relax at their team’s campsite. Wherever your Relay takes place, you’ll be following in the footsteps of thousands across the country who have shown up for their communities — and played a part to change the future of cancer.

Celebrate cancer survivors

Celebrate cancer survivors

If you are a cancer survivor, cancer-free or living with the disease, we want to celebrate you. When you register as a survivor for Relay For Life, you will be honoured during the first lap of the relay - the Survivors’ Victory Lap.

Remember those we’ve lost

Remember those we’ve lost

When our loved ones are diagnosed with or die from cancer, we feel an urge to do something. The Luminary Ceremony at Relay For Life provides a beautiful way for you to honour or remember your loved one.

Change the future of cancer

Change the future of cancer

At Relay For Life, we walk to raise funds towards world-class research, support services for patients and families, cancer prevention initiatives and advocacy on important cancer-related issues.