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Relay for Life of Evansville to Raise Funds to End Cancer as We Know It


The 34th annual America Cancer Society Relay for Life, held on September 30 at Eykamp Boy Scout Center, will unite the community to celebrate survivors and remember those lost to the disease.

  Evansville, IN – Sept. 8, 2023 – This year, roughly 1.9 million new cancer cases and 610,000 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the United States, with more than 40,000 new cases and nearly 13,700 deaths in Indiana. To help end cancer as we know it for everyone, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held September 30 at Eykamp Boy Scout Center. 

“Relay For Life is more than just a walk. It is a volunteer-led movement that unites communities to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and raise funds to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families,” said Patty Avery, event media chair and member of the Global Relay for Life Volunteer Leadership Team.  “Through that shared passion, we help the American Cancer Society advance its mission through advocacy, research and patient support to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat and survive cancer.”

Since 1990, Vanderburgh County volunteers have raised over $1.1 million through Relay For Life. Dollars raised each year by more than 250,000 Relay participants across the country help support the American Cancer Society’s mission to fund and conduct breakthrough research, provide education and advocate for the needs of cancer patients and their families, and provide essential services throughout their cancer journey.  

Evansville’s Relay For Life registration will begin at 3:00 pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 4:00, including the Relay’s first lap that honors cancer survivors. 

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville will be onsite with their 3-D screening mammogram mobile coach from 3:00 – 6:00. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Ascension St. Vincent Breast Center.

A dinner for survivors and their caregivers is slated for 5:00 pm. Space for the dinner is limited to 50 participants. Survivors can RSVP by registering as a survivor at the event website www.RelayForLife.org/EvansvilleIN. 

At 8:00 pm, a luminaria service will honor friends and family who are cancer survivors and remember those whose lives were lost to cancer. Luminaria can be ordered at the event website for a donation or secured at the event. The event will conclude at 9:00 pm with a celebration lap.

There are many ways to get involved in Relay For Life, including:

  • Join: Join the Evansville Relay for Life to connect with area survivors, caregivers, and others impacted by cancer.
    • Visit RelayForLife.org to sign up for Relay and join our community in the fight against cancer.  
  • Donate: Donations fuel the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Visit the  Evansville Relay for Life page at RelayForLife.org to donate.

Further details are available at the Relay’s Facebook Event page at facebook.com/RFL.Evansville.IN

About the American Cancer Society 

The American Cancer Society is a leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. For more than 100 years, we have been improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support.  We are committed to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. To learn more, visit cancer.org or call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-227-2345. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit RelayForLife.org.