Share your #RelayFirstLap photos and videos from Saturday, Jan. 8 on social media.
Excitement is ramping up for the 2022 Relay For Life season which kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 4, with a fun virtual event leading up to our official Relay First Lap on Saturday, Jan. 8. The question now is not, "Are you ready for Relay?" but "Is Relay ready for you?"
A Relay Kickoff & First Lap Toolkit are available to help spread the word in your community and within your networks. The toolkit includes social posts and banners, post copy, and more. The save the date are available now available at these links: Kickoff and #RelayFirstLap.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, Relayers came together for Relay First Lap – taking our first steps of the Relay season on the same day, wherever we are located. This can be a walk in your neighborhood, around your house, in a park nearby, or simply your favorite place to take a walk. Did you snap a photo or quick video? Please share it on social media using the hashtag #RelayFirstLap. To learn more, follow the Relay First Lap Facebook page and/or watch this video.
Relay 2022 Kickoff
On Jan. 4, Saralyn Lash, a survivor and nationwide Relay For Life lead, and Jason Masony, a caregiver and nationwide Voice of Hope lead, led the virtual 2022 kickoff. Watch the replay on Facebook. We celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those lost to cancer, and shared ways we are fighting back. (You can also watch the replay on YouTube.)
"A big part of my healing came when I was invited to Relay For Life, and I moved from being a victim of cancer to being a survivor whose life is celebrated by an entire Relay For Life community," said Lash, a 28-year survivor of endometrial cancer. "I have so many Relay friends now who are truly like family."
"I think the worst thing we heard was the surgeon after the first surgery (who) said, "You know, if you got your preventive screenings we wouldn't have even needed this surgery or the chemotherapy we're about to talk about," recalled Masony, a caregiver who lost his wife to stage IV colon cancer. "So, I made it my life mission after that to make sure that I remind people about getting their preventive screenings and a second promise of continuing her fight."
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During the past two years, Relayers have figured out how to continue to give back and fight back during a global pandemic. In 2022, Relay For Life events will continue across the country as safely as possible. If you haven’t already signed up for Relay For Life – please do so today.