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Relay is not an event- it is an experience

Article Date: 
4 May, 2012 (All day)

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.  

Recently Morgan held its Relay for Life Kick-off event at Parkside Lanes. We want to thank them for the use of their facility and for their hospitality. The night boasted free pizza and bowling for everyone who came. Each person visited a station where they learned what Relay is about and how they can get involved. The theme for this year is “The Magic of Relay”! Our awesome committee dressed in magic Disney attire!

Morgan’s Relay for Life will be held August 10-11 starting at 6 p.m. at the MHS track and field. Relay is an experience for the entire family! Some highlights are survivorship activities, games, Luminaria, Midnight Bingo, silent auction, and more! It is open and free to the public!

Relay was first started by one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma Washington. As a colorectal surgeon he decided to raise money for his local American Cancer Society by doing something he enjoyed, marathons. In May 1985, he spent 24 hours circling the University of Puget Sound’s Baker Stadium track- a total distance of more than 83 miles. Throughout the day and night, 300 of Dr. Klatt’s friends, family, and patients paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. That first year, he raised an amazing $27,000 in the fight against cancer!

The next year his idea grew into a team event where 19 teams raised $33,000. The spirit has continued to grow and thrive wherever Relays are held. Because of its fundraising success and overwhelming support of the American Cancer Society’s Mission, Relay for Life was declared the Society’s signature activity in 1996.

The Morgan Relay for Life committee would like to stress that it is not a race, and it is open to everyone! You do not have to be part of a team to participate! Bring your family and friends and help celebrate survivors and support those currently battling cancer.

If you would like to make a team or just want more details please check out our website at Relayforlife.org/morganut or call Tara Hammer 801-845-5252 or Amanda Campbell 801-391-3109.

Save the date of August 10th and come celebrate the magic of Relay with us!