Whoa, I don't even know where to start, I am still taking in all that I experienced at Relay Summit, California.
Let me start by telling you a little bit about the history of Relay for Life. It's the American Cancer Society's largest fundraising event, and it all started in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon wanted to raise money for his local chapter of American Cancer Society. He decided to do it by running a 24 hour marathon around a high school track. Dr. Klatt's friends, family and patients all showed up to support him, almost 300 of them, and watched as he ran and they pledged dollars to support him.
That first year he raised $27,000.
The next year, he got the whole community involved - 19 teams ran, and they raised $33,000.
Fast forward 26 years later, and Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's top fundraising event, taking place in cities all over our country, and is now even international.
In California alone, here are the stats for the 2011 Relay: