Relay For Life in Japan

Relay For Life began in Japan back in 2006, with the first event being held in Tsbukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. Today, Japan has over 47 Relay For Life events across the country, engaging nearly 80,000 participants. One in every two Japanese citizens will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. One in three will die from the disease. Relay For Life has created a place for cancer patients and their families to have an open dialogue about a cancer diagnosis, provide comfort and support to one another, and share stories of courage and hope.

Relay For Life in the Philippines

In 2004, the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS) launched its very first Relay For Life (RFL) event at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City. At the time, the Philippines was only the second country to host a Relay For Life event outside of the United States.

Relay For Life in Malaysia

Relay For Life arrived on Malaysia shores in 2005. It kick started in Penang and, by 2007, National Cancer Society Malaysia took on Relay For Life in Kuala Lumpur. Now, Relay For Life is an annual event in both Penang and Kuala Lumpur, raising thousands of Ringgit to help educate, care, and support Malaysians in regards to cancer.

Relay For Life in India

The Indiana Cancer Society has been fighting back against cancer since 1951, and has recently brought Relay For Life into communities across the country to help change the conversation and make more people aware

Relay For Life in Turkey

Turkey held its first Relay For Life event in October of 2015 at Bogazici University, and is continuing to engage new communities in the fight against cancer. Learn more about Pembe Hanim, the organization behind Relay For Life in Turkey, by clicking the link to the right.

Countries not available for Twinning at this time:

Relay For Life in the United Arab Emirates

Friends of Cancer Patients hosts Relay For Life in the United Arab Emirates, one of the newest Global Relay For Life partner countries. With a focus on changing the conversation around cancer, and fighting to improve the lives of people who are diagnosed with cancer, Relay For Life plays an important role in bringing communities together and offering a chance for cancer survivors and caregivers to celebrate hope. Because Relay For Life in the UAE is so new, events are unavailable to twin at this time.

Relay For Life in Israel

Learn more about the Israel Cancer Association, one of our newest global Relay For Life partners, by clicking the link on the right.

Relay For Life in Singapore

Learn more about the Singapore Cancer Society, one of our newest global Relay For Life partners, by clicking the link on the right.

Want to connect with a Relay For Life event in Asia? Before you post, be sure to select the appropriate country from the navigation bar on the right-hand side of your screen below. Create a new post, and be sure to include the date of your event MM/DD/YYYY as the title of your post and include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Event name
  • Event location (including country)
  • Event date
  • E-mail information

What happens then?

Once you choose your twin, you are free to contact them directly, using the information they provided. This program is meant to be volunteer to volunteer - local event to local event.

What you make of your relationship is up to you! You can share stories, share successes, send motivating messages back and forth, get your local media involved, share event t-shirts, and more! The sky is the limit. Be sure to come back here and share your story on our Global Relay For Life Track Blog.

Global Relay For Life Sister Relay Guidelines - 

  1. A Sister Relay relationship should only be entered into if both parties are willing to communicate regularly and timely.
  2. This site is a self-service site and therefore any connections are done at-will. 
  3. Any contact information on this site should only be used for Sister Relay purposes. Please do not use it for supply requests, general inquiries, or other questions. You can contact for those requests.
  4. To be fair to all Relay events, we ask that each event only make one Sister Relay connection. Please do not attempt to pair with multiple events.
  5. Each sister Relay connection may be different - some may involve mutual coaching, Skype connections to meetings or events, or even sharing Luminaria or t-shirts. Please do what feels comfortable, right, and appropriate for your connection.

Global Relay For Life Countries on this page:

  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Israel
  • Singapore