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Relay For Life of Manhattan: An Example of the Impact of Community

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 11:04:01 AM by healtheo360

Relay For Life

Relay For Life of Manhattan HopeMany people have the misconception that their community can’t make much of a difference in the battle against cancer.  So, how much of a difference can just one person make?  One person can make a huge difference – about $27,000 worth of cancer research money of a difference.  This is exactly how Relay For Life got started.

Back in 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt wanted to raise more money for his local American Cancer Society office, and he was able to raise $27,000 by walking around a track in Tacoma, Washington for 24 hours.  A year later, 340 supporters joined him and Relay For Life has been growing ever since.

Relay For Life has mostly stayed true to its original format.  Communities get together for an overnight walk, usually around a track.  Survivors are invited to take a victory lap; there is a luminary ceremony, and a fight back ceremony.  During the night, teams honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones who have passed.

The cause has grown from one man in one city to 5,200 communities in 20 countries.  Relay For Life raises more than $400 million so the American Cancer Society can conduct research, provide free information and services to cancer patients and caregivers.

 

Relay For Life of Manhattan

Relay for Life of Manhattan 2014

The healtheo360 team is excited to do our small part to help by participating in the Relay For Life of Manhattan event this summer.  We will be supporting the community, taking team photos, and holding contests for walkers where we will match our prizes in a donation to Relay For Life.

Last year was the inaugural year Relay For Life of Manhattan during which they raised over $135,000.  With 45 teams, and growing each day, this year’s event is sure to be even bigger and better!

Join us at the 2nd annual Relay For Life of Manhattan to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer. You will be able to start a team, join an existing team, or register to walk the Survivor Lap.

June 21, 2014
Basketball City, Pier 36
6pm - 6am

For more information about Relay For Life of Manhattan and sign up today at Relay For Life of Manhattan.

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