Relay For Life

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s a great way to involve entire communities in the fight against this disease. Relay aims to CELEBRATE the lives of those who have battled cancer, to REMEMBER loved ones lost to the disease, and to FIGHT BACK against it through research and treatment.

Community members form teams that work to raise money in the months and weeks prior to Relay. You can organize bake sales, car washes, charity salsa lessons—have fun with it! Then, on the night of Relay, all the teams descend at the event site to pull an all-nighter for the fight against cancer. Don’t worry though—this all-nighter is much more enjoyable than the one you spent studying for your last physics exam! The night is filled with Relay traditions, like the Luminaria ceremony which honors those whose lives have been affected by cancer, and fun events like sack-racing, the Ms. Relay cross-dressing competition, scavenger hunts and ice cream eating competitions.

Who can participate?

Any member of the MIT community is welcome to participate in the MIT Relay for Life! Visit to sign up. To get involved with planning the event or to request more information about performing at MIT Relay for Life, email us at