Friday 13 December, 2019

Relay for Life takes place at UTECH on June 2nd and 3rd

Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon (left), with actress and activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph at the launch of Relay For Life last Wednesday. (PHOTOS: Ramon Lindsay)

Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon (left), with actress and activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph at the launch of Relay For Life last Wednesday. (PHOTOS: Ramon Lindsay)

The annual Relay for Life hosted by the Jamaica Cancer Society will take this year at UTECH on June 2rd and June 3rd, 2018.

The Jamaica Cancer Society first staged Relay for Life back in 2003 and since then, with the support of its sponsors has gone on to raise some $190 million toward the fight against cancer.

This year the fundraising goal is $15 million.

The Relay for Life concept involves a team of walkers/runners competing against each other to raise the most money and to stay all night at the event. The event is a relay that lasts for an extended period of time – an overnight event of 12-15 hours.

Relay for Life 2018 Launch



The Relay begins in the early evening usually at 6pm with team members gathering for an opening ceremony. It is a donation event. Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $5000 from donors before the event. Soliciting donations instead of pledges ensures that all money is collected before the event. In addition, a team registration fee of $1,200 per team member is required.

The Jamaica Cancer Society was established in 1995. It is a non-profit, non –governmental organization with a mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica.

Last year it performed 1291 prostate cancer screenings, 7103 mammograms, 9456 pap smears and disbursed $5 million from its Patient Support Fund in payments for chemotherapy drugs and diagnostic tests.

Over 3000 persons per year in Jamaica die from cancer.

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