Relay for Life of Bridgewater
History of Relay

American Cancer Society Relay For Life began in Tacoma, Washington in the mid-1980s. Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons. Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.

Philosophy of Relay

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Why you should Relay?

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The funds raised at Relay save lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. It is because of your involvement that we are able to save lives, help those battling cancer, and empower all to fight back against the disease

A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship

Relay is a moving celebration of cancer survivorship. The event begins with a Survivors Lap in which cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track. A candlelight Luminaria ceremony is held later in the evening to honor cancer survivors and remember those who we’ve lost to this disease.

Luminaria Ceremony

Relay For Life® offers the opportunity to remember people who have lost their lives to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. One of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony.

As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called Luminaria, each of which has a special meaning. Some celebrate those who have battled cancer and have lived to tell their stories. Many remember the lives of those who have been lost to this terrible disease. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

If you would like to honor or remember someone with a Luminaria during the Relay For Life® Luminaria Ceremony please click "Luminaria" link under "Event Information" on the Bridgewater Relay For Life homepage.