A MESSAGE OF PROGRESS
Cancer is taking an enormous toll around the world. In 2008, cancer was responsible for 1 in 8 deaths worldwide. That’s more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Trends show us that over the next 20 years the number of people who are told “you have cancer” will double, as will the number of
deaths from the disease.
Cancer is rapidly becoming a global pandemic. We are at a critical point in our fight. But there has perhaps never been a more exciting or challenging time to be involved in this fight. We know the things that need to be done to save lives – abolish tobacco, change diets, change exercise patterns, and control infectious diseases. The American Cancer Society and the Global Relay For Life program are cultivating a “culture of purple” around the world that will amplify the voices of global cancer advocates and help them generate cancer awareness, outreach, and income in their communities.
Momentum is growing, and there is a real opportunity to effect significant change on cancer on a global scale. We’re determined to make this cancer’s last century and finish the fight – not just in the US, but across the globe!
Otis W. Brawley, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
American Cancer Society
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2013 Global Relay For Life Year in Review.
Learn more about the progress made in 2015 through the
Global Relay For Life program below:
Income & Growth
· 29 Relay For Life Countries
· 1000+ Global Relay Events (outside US)
· $57+ Million USD in Gross Income Raised
· 133 Campus Events Raised 2.8 Million USD
· 34,000+ Global Relay Teams
· 508,000+ Global Relay Participants
· 55,500+ Survivors Engaged
Note: Data from 2015.
Global Relay For Life numbers exclude the United States