About Relay For Life

The Irish Cancer Society Relay For Life is a 24 hour event that brings the whole community together to Celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to Remember those lost to the disease, and to Fight Back by increasing our knowledge of cancer and by raising money to fund life-saving cancer research and free services for cancer patients and their loved ones.

View of Relay For Life happening in a field with lots of people and balloons

At Relay, teams of family members and friends commit to having at least one team member walking around the track at all times. While they are doing that, a festival of fun and entertainment takes place which unites the community in the fight against cancer. The money that is raised by Relay enables the Irish Cancer Society to continue its life saving work.

What to expect

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A family taking part in Relay For Life

Relay events take place in colleges and communities across Ireland throughout the year.

Relay For Life across the world

Relay For Life started in the 1980s and was created by the American Cancer Society. In recent years the concept has gone global and Relay For Life events are now held in more than 20 countries around the world. The events give communities around the world a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones, and fight back against the disease.

How your support at Relay For Life is fighting cancer across Ireland

Cancer can leave a lot of pain and heartache in its wake. But it can also inspire people to come together and do some wonderful things.

Relay For Life events are organised entirely by communities so that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and in the hope that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Thanks to the support of the amazing volunteers who organise Relay in their communities each year, progress is being made in the fight against cancer.

More people are surviving cancer thanks to awareness that leads to cancer being caught and treated earlier.

Infographic showing Irish Cancer Society impact Funds raised at Relay For Life help to fund life-saving cancer research happening here in Ireland, as well as to deliver support and services for cancer patients and their loved ones in every community in Ireland.

Services include the Irish Cancer Society's free information services like the Cancer Nurseline and Daffodil Centres where patients and their loved ones can access free, confidential information and support, as well as practical services like lifts to chemotherapy appointments from volunteer drivers and end of life care in homes for patients who are not going to survive their cancer diagnosis.

Learn more about the impact of events like Relay in the fight against cancer.

Ways to get involved

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