What is relay for life


Relay For Life began in the USA in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. Since then, RFL has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world.

MENA Region

With Participation of more than 2500 individuals, Friends of Cancer Patients launched the region’s first ever Relay For Life in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Relay For Life UAE aims to raise awareness of cancer and spread the importance of a healthy lifestyle in addition to supporting those who are battling cancer by empowering them and creating a supportive community around them and their families.

Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track for 24 hours. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.

People from all walks of life will walk around a track at their own pace during the event. Relay For Life is for people of all ages and fitness levels – anyone can take part!

One person can make a difference – join and help us finish the fight

I would like to extend my gratitude to Friends of Cancer Patients for their constant support on a financial & moral level. My strong relationship with them for nearly two years has added so much to me both in knowledge and spirit, which has helped me move forward in my treatment journey.