Sunday, July 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

2014 Relay for Life of Tacoma celebrates 30th anniversary

// Opening Ceremonies at Mt. Tahoma High School June 13

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tacoma happens Friday, June 13 at Mt. Tahoma High School. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. kicking off the night-long celebration to finish the fight against cancer in our community.

Relay For Life began right here in Tacoma 30 years ago, starting out as the City of Destiny Classic 24-hour Run Against Cancer by Dr. Gordy Klatt. Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, simply wanted to enhance the income of the local Tacoma American Cancer Society office, and decided to raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons. Never did he imagine stepping onto the track that first year, the global movement that would persevere 30 years later.

Relay For Life is the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement. Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against cancer. Be at Mt. Tahoma High School to celebrate all those who have battled cancer within our Tacoma community, remember those whom we have lost lighting a luminaria for them, and decide as a unified force to fight back against cancer.

This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 6,000 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the mission of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

For more information about the upcoming Relay For Life event, visit It is not too late! Sign up for Relay For Life of Tacoma today and help our community finish the fight against cancer!