The American Cancer Society on Campus is an international collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to saving lives from cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society on college campuses. 

The National Campus Leadership Team is initiating the transition to the ‘American Cancer Society on Campus’ from the previous ‘Colleges Against Cancer’ branding to be more inclusive of all American Cancer Society programs and fundraisers and to create continuity as students move from high school to college and from college to the community. Our goal as a national organization is still the same; to spread the mission of the American Cancer Society and all of the programs it offers to campuses across the nation and globe. Through volunteering at Hope Lodges, learning more about the true impact of cancer across the world, or fundraising for the American Cancer Society, all of us are tied together in the fight against cancer!



Since 2005, the campus movement has fundraised over



Relay For Life

The first Relay For Life event on a college campus was at Doane College in Nebraska in 1996. The first high school to host a Relay For Life was in 2001 at District 230 in Illinois.

Now on 500 high school and college campuses in 47 states, Relay For Life is the largest global movement, spanning 30 countries, to eradicate cancer.



During the Survivor Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.


The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, so we can remember people we have lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer.

Fight Back

This emotionally powerful ceremony inspires Relay participants to take action. The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment each of us can make in the fight against cancer. The action taken represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.



Where to find a Relay For Life near you!


Looking for an event in The United States? Use the map to find your local Relay For Life!

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