Frequently Asked Questions
What is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life of Penn State works to raise money for the American Cancer Society, which provides emotional and financial support for cancer patients through the financing of several programs as well as life saving research. The event culminates in a 24-hour relay style walk-a-thon comprised of various teams.
How can I help?
You can help the cause by getting involved, donating, and fundraising! There are three primary routes of involvement for Relay For Life of Penn State: apply to be a captain, create or join a team, or register as a survivor. Click on the "get involved" tab at the top of this page for more information on how to get involved with Relay For Life.
What does CRFB mean?
CRFB stands for celebrate, remember, and fight back. It emphasizes the goal of all Relay For Life events, which is to Celebrate survivors, Remember those we've lost, and Fight Back against cancer.
What is the American Cancer Society?
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. The American Cancer Society is the second largest funder of cancer research after the government.
Relay For Life of Penn State 2017 will be held April 8, at 12 p.m. to April 9, at 12 p.m. on the HUB Lawn.
During the weekend, team members walk laps around the track to represent the fight against cancer never stopping. Teams also bring tents to “camp-out” in during the weekend. Additionally, we have bands, performances by on-campus groups, DJ’s, and many fun games and activities!
Who Can Make a Team?
Anyone! Student organizations, sports teams, THON committees, or just you and a group of friends. Relay For Life’s mission is to involve as many different groups as possible and unite them all in the fight against cancer.
What do teams do?
Relay For Life teams are the heart and soul of Relay. They are the source of over 90% of fundraising for the American Cancer Society and through online fundraising campaigns, Letters For Life mailing campaigns (similar to THONvelopes), and various fundraisers both on- and off- campus, they contribute to Relay For Life’s mission of raising money for the ACS.
Where does the money go?
All donations go directly to the American Cancer Society. The ACS raises over $360 million each year and uses these funds to sponsor cancer research and to support cancer patients undergoing treatment.
What does the team that raises the most get?
Relay For Life offers many prizes for teams that go above-and-beyond in their fundraising efforts! These include: incentive space inside the HUB for Relay Weekend, free merchandise and raffle tickets, and much more.