- Cullman, Alabama

April 6, 2013

Relay for Life event coming in May

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Relay For Life, an overnight team-building event to raise money for the American Cancer Society, is paving the way for a successful fundraising night on May 3 at the Cullman Fairgrounds.

Relay For Life had a team captain’s meeting on April 4 at Cullman First Baptist to discuss the activities that would take place this year, and announced the theme of the event.

“The overall theme this year is ‘Dream Big-Be Big,’ Mavis Martin, co-chair of the event, said. “We’re just trying to incorporate that into our local relays so we can have a big impact.”

Relay For Life events take place across the nation on an athletic track, park, or other gathering area. Individuals and teams register for the event and set up a camp with the goal of keeping at least one team member walking on the track or pathway at all times. Teams raise money before and during the event at their personal campouts, Martin said.

The event lasts from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Each team consists of about 15 members who share the common passion of defeating cancer. Team Captains lead by organizing the team’s fundraising and participation in other activities regarding Relay For Life. Each team member is responsible for raising $100 for the event.

Relay For Life is a volunteer driven event.

According to Relay For Life officials, since its beginning in 1985, Relay For Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a full-fledged international event taking place in more than 5,000 communities and 20 countries across the globe, with nearly 4 million walkers in the United States alone. All of the funds raised from Relay For Life support the American Cancer Society’s mission to help people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Each ‘lap’ has a different theme. Martin said that some are very significant because of the impact it has on it’s participants.

“The Caregiver lap hits home to those who have survived cancer,” Martin said. “Not only do you get to celebrate those who have survived, but you get to remember those that you lost the battle and honor them.”

“We encourage people to come out and help us make it a big success,” Martin said.

For more information on Relay For Life or team captain meetings, please contact Mavis Martin at 256-339-6385 or Tim Kelly at 256-737-9405.

To sign up for Relay For Life of Cullman, please visit

Lauren Estes can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext 270, or at