Relay, a popular nationwide event to raise money to fight cancer, was started by Dr. Gory Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985. Klatt spent 24 hours walking and running around a track in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Today, more than 3.5 million people in over 5,000 communities take to their local parks or fairgrounds in a fight to save lives from cancer.
Some 50 teams of 12 people each participated in the 2009 Middle Village event, walking around the track at Juniper Valley Park throughout the night to raise over $100,000.
The 2010 Relay for Life of Middle Village, which has already raised over $60,000 and counting, will take place on June 26-27 at Juniper Valley Park. The opening ceremony and survivors lap begins at 4 p.m.