Relay For Life started in the mid-1980s when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, decided he wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.
For over 20 years, Relay For Life has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and provided much needed support for researching in finding cures for cancer.
The Berkeley Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4pm at the Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.
Come to the comp this Friday and help support the American Cancer Society.