Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Relay for Life of Huntington committee to meet

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2019

Relay for Life of Huntington will hold the annual Relay for Life Walk on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12 Noon to midnight at Kriegbaum Field. This years’ event will have a Disney theme, “When You Wish upon a Star, A Cure for Cancer Isn’t Far.”

If you would like to know more about Relay for Life of Huntington, contact Mark or Vickie Kiefer, Event Leads at (260) 356-0219 or mvkiefer@att.net. The next Relay meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road.

Relay for life started in May 1985 when Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: cancer. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound. Friends, family, and patients watched and supported him as he walked and ran more than 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer.

As he circled the track, he thought of ways he could get others to take part. He envisioned having teams participate in a 24-hour fundraising event. The next year 19 teams were part of the first Relay for Life event at the historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. Today more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in over 20 countries. After previously battling stomach cancer, Klatt passed away from heart failure on August 3, 2014 at the age of 71. But his legacy lives on. He shaped an idea that started as one man walking and running a track, and helped turn it into a global fundraising phenomenon.