Relay for life for the benefit of the American Cancer Society planned in Niceville

NICEVILLE — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Emerald Coast invites the community to join the movement to honor and remember loved ones and fight for life-saving change.

Relay For Life is a community of survivors, caregivers, local citizens, volunteers and participants who believe that the future can be free from Cancer and who holds the power to make this change.

“We share a passion for saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer,” said Susan O’Neil, 2022 event chair. “In 2022, nearly 1.9 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the USA. Through this shared passion, the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission cannot be stopped, ensuring that we are there for all who need us.

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The Emerald Coast Relay for Life is scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight on May 13 on the grounds of the former Rouget Festival on national road 85 in Niceville. This will be the first local relay walk since the start of the pandemic.

The opening ceremonies will be followed by the tour of survivors and caregivers. A special dinner is planned for survivors and caregivers. There will be live music and activities all night long, as well as the 9 p.m. fixtures.

For more than 35 years, Relay For Life has brought communities together to remember loved ones who have passed away, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer. The dollars raised each year by more than 500,000 Relay participants across the country help fight all cancers in countless ways – by funding and conducting groundbreaking research; provide education and advocate for the needs of cancer patients and their families; and to provide essential services throughout their cancer journey.

“It has never been easier to raise funds for Relay For Life and help fund the future. Every dollar raised goes towards the American Cancer Society‘s lifesaving mission. The fight against cancer needs you now more than ever,” O’Neil said.

There are many ways to get involved.

  • Join the Emerald Coast Relay for Life. Sign up to join an existing team or create a new team at
  • Make a donation. If you can’t make it to this year’s event, you can still help save lives by donating. Every dollar goes to the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Visit to donate today.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, the Relay For Life movement unites communities around the world to celebrate those affected by cancer, remember lost loved ones, and take action for life-saving change.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit or

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