Everyone's reason to become a superhero in the fight against cancer is as unique as their own personal story. Through the Relay Recess program, students, teachers, administrators, and parents have a chance to come together and fight back against the disease.

No matter why you take part in a Relay Recess program, however, one thing is clear: every step of the way, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay Recess experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life.

Find out more about how the American Cancer Society supports the fight against childhood cancer>>


hope lodgeLodging during treatment

Getting the best care sometimes means cancer patients must travel away from home. This can place an extra burden on patients and their caregivers during an already challenging time. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® provides them free, temporary lodging so they can focus on getting well. Learn More >>

road to recovery - relay recess pageTransportation to treatment

Every day, cancer patients need rides to treatment. Some may not be able to drive themselves, and family and friends cannot always help. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program matches these patients with specially trained volunteer drivers for rides to treatment. Learn More >>


look good feel better - relay recess pageHelp with appearance-related side effects of treatment

When women are in active cancer treatment, they want to look their best, and Look Good...Feel Better® helps them do just that. The free program, which is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association, uses volunteer cosmetologists to teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Learn More >>


reach to recovery - relay recess pageBreast cancer support

If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you're feeling - someone who has "been there." Through the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery® program, you can be matched with a volunteer who will talk with you about coping with your breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, recurrence, or recovery. Learn More >>




To learn more about how the American Cancer Society uses your donations, view the Society's financial information on cancer.org.

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