VN CARES Relay for Life Team

Every year, VN CARES  participates in the UC Davis Relay for Life hosted by the American Cancer Society to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember those who we have lost to cancer, and fundraise for cancer research.

Relay For Life is an exciting 24-hour event where participants camp-out on a UCD grass field to raise cancer awareness.  Participants are encouraged to walk, jog, run, sprint, and frolic around the track as many times as possible to support the fight against cancer.  Prior to the event, participants are asked to raise money and gain sponsors to support them at the event. Then during the event, they can continue to raise money though sponsors (who will donate certain amounts of money for every lap completed) or by selling items to teams participating in the event.

Many teams host exciting games that aim to educate participants about cancer, as well as to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Entertainment consists of various games and competitions amongst teams, including the scandalous cross-dressing talent show–Mr. and Mrs. Relay. UCD clubs will also be present to keep participants amused with various performances, and guest speakers will be there to inspire us to continue to fight.

Relay for Life History

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.

In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for more than 83 miles. Throughout the night, friends pair $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. He raised $27,000 to fight cancer. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt’s friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course.

In 1986, 19 teams took part in the first team relay event on the track at the colorful, historical Stadium Bowl and raised #33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield.

One person can make a difference.


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