American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Ascension Parish surpasses $200,000

Staff Report

40 teams made up of cancer survivors, families, caregivers, local faith-based groups, businesses and clubs walked six hours in the American Cancer Society ‘s Relay For Life ofAscension Parish on April 30 and raised more than $200,000.

Relay For Life is a community-based, volunteer-driven event supporting the fight against cancer. Individuals and teams gather at a track or park to campout and walk overnight in confidence that their effort will lead to a cure. All walkers share the common goal of keeping at least one team member on the track throughout the event. Teams organize and complete fundraisers to raise money for the cause and fundraising may continue at the team’s campout during the event. These funds bring the American Cancer Society one step closer to its goal of helping people stay well; by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Since its beginning in 1985, Relay For Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a full-fledged international event taking place in more than 5,000 communities and 20 countries across the globe with nearly 4 million walkers in the United States alone. Relay For Life is a community owned, volunteer driven fight against cancer and the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement.