Frequently asked questions

Why should I participate?

Relay For Life is a global movement to end cancer which is active in 29 countries and 6,000 communities worldwide. Across Canada, Relay For Life Youth events unite students in this movement to make a difference by fundraising in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

By participating in or donating to Relay For Life Youth, you are helping to fund game-changing research on all cancers, advocate to make healthy living easier and support Canadians affected by the disease.

How many teammates should my team have?

There isn't a minimum number of people needed for a Relay For Life team, but we recommend that a team have no more than 15 members.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there is a registration fee. Be sure to speak to your Relay For Life Committee to confirm the exact amount. Please keep in mind that your registration fee helps to cover the cost of running the event, so that all of the money you raise and/or donate can be used to help create a world where no one fears cancer.

Do I have to fundraise in addition to paying the registration fee?

Yes, you do. Everyone who participates in Relay For Life sets a fundraising goal. All of the money that you raise will be used to help fund game-changing research on all cancers, advocate to make healthy living easier and support Canadians affected by the disease.

What happens if I don't raise the fundraising minimum?

You and your family are encouraged to make a donation to your personal fundraising page to top off what you've raised. We're here to help you, though! If you have registered online for your event, we'll send you coaching emails to help you meet and exceed your fundraising goal.

Using our secure online fundraising platform you can ask family and friends via social media or email to support your fundraising efforts.

Do I get a Relay t-shirt for registering and fundraising?

Yes, your registration fee includes a Relay For Life t-shirt. We recommend wearing it on event day. You can even decorate your t-shirt to reflect your team, school or who you are relaying for.

What do I do with the cash and cheque donations I have collected?

Great job fundraising! The cash and cheque donations you’ve collected should be brought to your school prior to event day, along with pledge envelope. Please check with your school’s Relay For Life committee for specific days that cash and cheques may be handed in.

What happens if I lose my pledge envelope?

Pledge envelopes are very important as they contain the donations you have collected along with your donors' contact information which we need to issue them tax receipts for their donations. If you lose your pledge envelope, let your Relay For Life committee know immediately. They may require you to fill out a missing pledge envelope form.

What if it rains or snows during the event?

Remember to check your local weather forecast on the day of your event and bring weather appropriate clothing so you still have fun.

I have registered as a survivor guest, am I allowed to stay for the entire event?

Survivor guests can depart after the survivor victory lap as Relay For Life Youth events are closed to the public and through which only students, educators and school staff stay for the duration of the event.

If you are a student and meant to register as a participant, please contact your Relay For Life committee to adjust your registration.

I have a question or concern about an event at a school in my community. Who should I contact to address my questions or concerns?

The school administration will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

I have a question about the Canadian Cancer Society and/or its work? Who should I contact?

Please contact our Donor Services team at connect@cancer.ca or 1 888 939-3333.

What happens at Relay For Life Youth events?

Relay For Life is a global movement to end cancer which is active in 29 countries and 6,000 communities worldwide. Across Canada, Relay For Life Youth events unite students in this movement to make a difference by fundraising in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Teams of students take turns walking around a track or designated path. On and off the track, there is always something to do at Relay For Life. Those taking a break from walking can check out the entertainment and activities.

Why should schools host a Relay For Life Youth event? What makes the event unique?

Relay For Life Youth events bring school communities closer together and empower students to be leaders in taking action against 100+ types of cancer. There are no other school events like it!

Our events are student-led and provide students with leadership skills. Given that cancer is so common, almost everyone knows someone who has been touched. Relay Youth events create stronger school communities because students bond over a common cause.

Who organizes Relay For Life Youth events?

While educators, and school staff all help with Relay For Life Youth events at high schools, colleges and universities, students take the lead in planning and executing these events. Relay For Life Youth events are amazing leadership and volunteer opportunities for students.

Does the Canadian Cancer Society provide support for a school's Relay For Life Youth event?

Yes! The Canadian Cancer Society supports schools every step of the way. We provide training on event planning, an expense budget and supply materials for the event, so that schools can focus on the community building that comes with hosting a Relay event.

How long are Relay For Life Youth events at schools?

The length of a Relay For Life Youth event varies depending on a school's preference.

Do participants at Relay For Life Youth events have to raise a minimum amount to participate in the event?

Everyone who participates in Relay For Life sets a fundraising goal. Fundraising enables change and progress. Today, about 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis up from 25% in the 1940s. For some cancers, like thyroid and testicular, the survival rate is over 90%. We are also close to turning some cancers into manageable diseases, making cancer something you live with, not die from. This progress was made possible because people supported our fundraising efforts.

Where does the money raised through Relay For Life Youth events go?

By participating in or donating to Relay For Life Youth, you are helping to fund game-changing research on all cancers, advocate to make healthy living easier and support Canadians affected by the disease.

I am interested in learning more. What do I do next?

Please contact us at relayyouth@cancer.ca to learn more.