Relay for Life

In May of 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours round and round a track at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, to help raise awareness and much needed funds in order to help save lives from cancer. Over thirty years later, Relay For Life events have become the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with more than 5,200 volunteers coordinating events in 27 countries around the world. On Saturday, September 29th, from 2pm-8pm at O’Brien Park in Parker, you can be a part of Southeast Denver’s Relay for Life, and a part of something so much bigger than yourself.

The Relay For Life is a team-fundraising event in which participants take turns walking a track or designated path, with a teammates collectively walking throughout the duration of the 6-24 hour event. The design of this event is significant, with one teammate constantly on the course, members of Relay for Life teams are a reminder that “cancer never sleeps” and those fighting this disease don’t stop because they are tired – and for one day &/or night, neither do those raising funds for a cure with Relay for Life. All money raised goes towards their overall team fundraising goal.

This year’s event will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at 2:00pm, honoring all those affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s event.
At 4:00pm, the Survivor/Caregiver walk will commence. These participants are the heart soul of the Relay For Life events. It doesn’t matter if survivors were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, everyone in attendance will gather to cheer them on as they take to the course. At 7:00pm, the beautiful Luminaria Ceremony will begin. A luminara will be lit for every person touched by cancer, with each light representing a life. A life of a cancer survivor, a light to support those fighting the battle and a light for those who have fought valiantly but, sadly, have lost that battle. Closing Ceremonies will commence at 8:00pm, celebrating what everyone involved in Relay for Life has accomplished together and committing to continue to take action in the fight to rid the world of cancer.

Thirty years ago, the $27,000 Gordy Klatt raised and the more than 83 miles he covered paved the way for what has grown into the Relay for Life, which has continued, year after year, raising funds for cancer research. Sadly, Dr. Klatt passed away several years ago from heart failure after battling stomach cancer, but his idea has helped shaped a movement that has since become a global event, raising over $5 billion dollars and bringing survivors and supporters together to form a support network like no other.

Cancer has tragically managed to get its grips on us all. Whether you’ve had a loved one battle this tenacious disease or you’ve faced it yourself, being a part of Relay For Life helps brings everyone together to fight the same fight. Join a team! Create a team! Volunteer! Donate! Cancer never sleeps, so neither can those fighting to find a cure – go to and join the fight!

2018 Relay For Life
Saturday, September 29th
O’Brien Park
10795 Victorian Drive in Downtown Parker

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