It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end of GWRelay.org and RelayFor.Life in its current form. The American Cancer Society is reorganizing from 11 divisions, including Great West, to 6 regions in order to be better stewards of donor dollars and refocus efforts in the fight against cancer. For most Relay For Life events, this reorganization will take effect for the 2018 Relay For Life season.
As part of this reorganization, the Great West Division will be split into three of these regions, including West, North, and South. While our volunteers and staff from the Relay Leadership Team will be reporting into this new structure, your local event will remain unaffected. Support will still be available from both volunteers and staff, but your local Relay mentor or area lead may have a slightly different title in the new structure.
However, this change has necessitated the end of GWRelay.org. We built this site several years ago as a volunteer-run platform to help our division organize Relay resources and help local Relay volunteers find resources to run effective events, and we sincerely hope we have achieved that goal. To all of those volunteers who helped write content for our home on the web, I am eternally grateful.
On June 1, 2017, a snapshot of the contents of GWRelay.org will be moved to archive.gwrelay.org with a notice that the content is no longer being updated. The site will remain available in that form for the near future. You can find Relay For Life resources at Relay Connect (connect.relayforlife.org), or on the Brand Toolkit (brandtoolkit.cancer.org). Also, the national leadership team is currently surveying Relay volunteers on communication nationwide. Please consider taking that survey at surveymonkey.com/r/RelayComms.
Thank you for all you do in the fight against cancer.
Division Lead, Great West Division Relay For Life
About My Involvement in Relay
I was asked to volunteer at a Relay event when I was 12 years old as a boy scout in Oro Valley, AZ. After attending my first event, I was hooked! I was a team captain, youth involvement chair, and online chair with my first event, then chaired a Youth Retreat for ACS in the Tucson metropolitan area. After moving to Flagstaff and NAU, I served as a logistics director, online director and then the executive director of the collegiate event for two years!