Each year cancer patients, survivors, their friends, families, and those who love them, join forces to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life began in the mid 80s when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, decided to raise money for his local American Cancer Society by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons. In May 1985, Dr. Klatt took to the track, circling it for 24 hours straight. As part of the fundraiser, throughout the night friends joined Klatt by paying $25 to walk or run for 30 minutes at a time. By the end of the 24 hours, Klatt, and his friends and family, had raised $27,000 for the Cancer Society.

Since then, in cities and towns across the nation, individuals have been making a difference by participating in what is now known as Relay for Life.

There are many ways to participate – with monetary donations, overseeing such things as team recruitment, setup & logistics, registration & accounting, etc. or by simply walking the walk.

If you would like to volunteer or want to know more about Cushing’s Relay for Life, please contact Willetta Shields @ 225-2010 or Marcia Pixler @ 225-0346 ext 1013.

Next Team Captain meeting is slated for noon, Wednesday, May 7 at the downtown Bank of Cushing location.