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Relay For Life Top Performers meet in Atlanta

​The theme was "Relay Like a Boss"

On August 2-4, about 150 volunteers and staff representing top community teams and campus Relay For Life events, as well as members of the Relay For Life Nationwide Volunteer Team, National Campus Leadership Team, and Global Leadership Team, gathered in Atlanta for our Nationwide Top Performers meeting. 

The goal was to recognize our top performers and have them come away feeling energized and armed with great ideas, inspiration, and motivation. The meeting also gave attendees a chance to meet some ACS-funded researchers, and hear Alpa Patel, PhD, senior scientific director, Epidemiology Research, deliver a talk titled "Relay For Life: Walking the Walk." Attendees also heard from CEO Gary ReedySharon Byers, chief development, marketing, and communications officer; Mike Neal, senior executive vice president, Field Operations; and Dan Heist, chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.  

Key volunteers who have had a hand in shaping the Relay For Life movement over the years, including three members of the Relay For Life Hall of Fame - Phylecia Wilson of Georgia, Laura McCormick of Connecticut, and Jeff Ross of North Carolina – were on hand to share their knowledge.

So, you might ask, who are the top performers? Below are the top performing community teams and college events.

Top Community Nationwide Team of Excellence Teams in 2018 present at the meeting. 

  • Relay For Life of Morgan Decatur (Alabama): Nucor Steel Decatur, $447,000
  • Relay For Life of St. James Parish (Louisiana): Nucor Louisiana, $217,760 
  • Relay For Life of Pontotoc County (Mississippi): Southern Motion, $250,000
  • Relay For Life of Bertie County (North Carolina): Perdue Farms Admin, $149,099
  • Relay For Life of Hertford-Gates Counties (North Carolina): Nucor Steel Hertford County, $135,002 
  • Relay For Life of Charlotte County (Virginia): Truckers Parade Against Cancer (TPAC), $112,755 
  • Relay For Life of Thurston County (Washington): Connolly’s Crew, $110,251 
  • Relay For Life of Gwinnett County (Georgia): Sage Foundation, $109,172 
  • Relay For Life of Northern Will County (Illinois): Daisy’s Darlins, $100,450
  • Relay For Life of Marion County (Missouri): The Flower Children, $100,180
  • Relay For Life of Florida Keys (Florida): Castaways Against Cancer, $98,780
  • Relay For Life of Memphis (Tennessee): Nucor Memphis / Nucor Logistics Center, $94,903 
  • Relay For Life of York (Pennsylvania): The Naturals, $84,028
  • Relay For Life of Douglas County (Minnesota): Alexandria Industries, $80,451
  • Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield (Oregon): Dari-Mart Store, Inc., $75,001
  • Relay For Life of Porterville (California): Nut’s For A Cure, $70,818 
  • Relay For Life of Wausau (Wisconsin): Connexus Credit Union, $65,903 
  • Relay For Life of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania): Captain Morgan’s Cancer Crusaders, $60,755 
  • Relay For Life of Bakersfield (California): Aera Energy, $59,344 
  • Relay For Life of Erie-Millcreek (Pennsylvania): Erie Insurance, $58,919
  • Relay For Life of North Mississippi County (Arkansas): Nucor Dream Team, $57,349

2019 College Relay For Life Top Performer Events present at the meeting. 

  • Relay For Life of Northeastern University 
  • Relay For Life of Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
  • Relay For Life of University of South Carolina
  • Relay For Life of James Madison University 
  • Relay For Life of Saint Louis University 
  • Relay For Life of Washington University in Saint Louis 
  • Relay For Life of University of Michigan 
  • Relay For Life of St. Johns University 
  • Relay For Life of SUNY Geneseo
  • Relay For Life of University of Oklahoma 
  • Relay For Life of Florida State University 
  • Relay For Life of University of Georgia 
  • Relay For Life of Virginia Tech 
  • Relay For Life of San Juan Estudiantil Metro 
  • Relay For Life of UCLA 
  • Relay For Life of Merrimack College 
  • Relay For Life of Loyola University 
  • Relay For Life of Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Relay For Life of Florida International University 
  • Relay For Life of Elon University 
  • Relay For Life of Longwood University 

The 2019 Relay season isn’t over for many teams. There are about 538 Relay For Life events left to go in 2019, from August 1 – Dec 31. 

About 75% of our Relay events have taken place, raising approximately 80% of our $154 million goal. 


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