Relay For Life was started in 1985, when a single man ran around a track in Tacoma, Wash., for 24 hours. Dr. Gordy Klatt raised $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society in that first year. In 1986, 340 others joined him.
Since that event, Relay For Life has raised more than $4 billion worldwide.
The first Boca Grande Relay For Life meeting for the 2014 campaign is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the fire and safety building classroom.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the 2014 Relay For Life is invited to attend.
According to Committee Chairwoman Theresa Lasher of Team Hudsons – the fundraising powerhouse of the island – there will be plenty to talk about.
“We want to figure out who is going to be on each committee,” said Lasher. “We also want to start putting teams together.”
The different teams, made up of island residents and employees, compete each year to see who can raise the most money toward the year’s goal. All funds raised go to the American Cancer Society.
Relay acknowledges the many people that cancer affects: those who survive, those who are lost, those who are fighting and those who are helping in the fight.
Another topic on the agenda will be the theme of the event. Last year’s theme was “Relay – Where Dreams Really Do Come True,” and the different teams dressed in costumes from fairy tales.
This year’s theme is still up in the air.
“We have a few thoughts about it, but nothing definite,” said Lasher. “Anyone is welcome to come to the meeting and discuss their ideas.”
The meeting will be a potluck, and everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a dish to share.
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