This post is brought to you by the American Cancer Society. When we walk together, we are bigger than cancer.

I always love the opportunity to work with the American Cancer Society, and today, I get to tell you about a HUGE program they have happening right now called Relay For Life. Have you heard of it?

There are over 5,100 Relay for Life events in the US and another 850+ events happening all over the world. (Huge I tell you!) People get together at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times, which is a challenge, because the event goes overnight! It’s a big deal for the American Cancer Society — last year, Relay for Life raised $380 million!

There are actually tons of ways to support the event. You can join a team and walk the course. You can put together a booth or tent for participants. But I think one of the coolest ways to contribute is making luminaria bags. It’s the sort of project that’s right up my alley! You can design them any way you like — bonus points for adding messages of hope and love — then use them to line the Relay Route. Such a beautiful tradition! If you want to make your own, here’s a link to my very favorite luminaria tutorial, or go here to see lots of Relay for Life luminaria examples.

Want to get involved? Find your community’s event at And please, if you’ve ever participated, I hope you’ll share your experience. I’d love to hear about it!

P.S. — There are also specific Relay for Life programs especially for kids. Check out Bark For Life and Relay Recess. Find the image at top here.