Elite Pay Global
- Henderson, NV, US
Payment processing solutions provider ElitePay Global supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraising event. Contributions made by ElitePay Global to sponsor individuals and teams walking in Relay For Life help fund programs to benefit those fighting cancer and finance research efforts to better understand and ultimately cure the disease. The origins of Relay For Life can be traced back to Dr. Gordy Klatt, who in May 1985 raised $27,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society by running and walking for 24 hours around an athletic track in Tacoma, Washington. By the following year, 340 others strode along the track with Dr. Klatt, initiating the progressive growth of the fundraiser into an event that is now held in over 5,200 communities in over 20 countries. Nearly 20 years on, Relay For Life has generated close to $5 billion in support of the American Cancer Society, and participants in the initiative raise over $400 million more each year. At each Relay For Life event, teams of participants camp out around a local high school track or park trail for up to 24 hours, with at least one member of each team walking or running the path at all times. The concept underlying the event’s structure is that cancer never sleeps, and each team’s collective, around-the-clock relay serves as a vigil in defiance of the disease’s persistence. Though each community’s version of Relay For Life incorporates unique elements, all relays have certain constituent features in common. Before the actual relay begins, survivors of cancer and those who have cared for patients with the disease are honored while they take the first and second laps of the event, respectively. Fundraising teams then set off together on the opening lap. During a remembrance ceremony after nightfall, luminaria bags inscribed with the names of those lost to cancer are lit and placed around the edge of the relay course. Concluding the relay on an inspiring note, participants take a final lap, and during the Fight Back Ceremony, vow to continue their efforts to support cancer research, treatment, and prevention.