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Relay for Life

FIU Relay for Life is a unique overnight celebration of life and hope that one day we will find a cure for cancer. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer? Your reasons for walking in Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you.

This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can't claim another year of anyone's life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

The 2020 Relay for Life will take place Spring 2021. Groups of students, staff, families or friends form Relay teams and Relay teams and fundraise throughout the year culminating their efforts at the Relay event where there will be food, activities, music and lots of fun for everyone. Remember, people make the teams, teams make the event, and the event changes everyone.

Ways to Participate

Make a Team

  • Teams must have 1 team captain and at least 10 team members! They do not have to be FIU students.
  • Register your team at Every team member must pay a $15 registration fee that counts towards your total.
  • Fundraise! You will need to have at least 10 members earning $100 EACH in order to qualify for a tent spot at Relay.
  • At Relay, your team will fundraise by selling something, making something or providing a service or activity. Past fundraisers include:
    • Food/drinks (non-alcoholic)
    • Accessories/"jewelry"
    • Airbrush tattoos
    • Games/Chance Drawings

Spirit Points

Spirit points are given to those organizations that not only fundraise the most, but also participate the most! You can participate by:

  • Attending Team Captain Meetings and bring team members.
  • Attending pre-events
  • Donating 8 inches of hair to Beautiful Lengths
  • And many other opportunities that will be announced as they come!
  • At the end of Relay, we total all the spirit points and give the Spirit Cup to organizations that have the most spirit points!

Beautiful Lengths

We are partnered with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to accept hair donations that are used to make wigs for cancer patients. Hair donations will occur in private at the events before Relay, or on stage the day of Relay. You can ask a special someone to cut your hair, and a stylist can style your new look for a discounted price (that will be donated to ACS).


  • Hair donations must be at least 8"
  • You may straighten curly/wave hair to make the cut
  • Hair must not be permanently dyed, bleached, chemically treated or contain more than 5% gray
  • You may color with vegetable or semi-permanent dye
  • Hair must be completely clean and dry


Relay For Life also honors those who survived cancer treatment. We will be having a free Survivor dinner at Relay For Life in honor of those who have won their fight. If you are a survivor or know a survivor, please contact us.

Dedicate a Luminaria

Luminarias are small paper lanterns that placed around the Relay track in honor or in memory of someone who has been affected by cancer. They are sold for a minimum of $1 donation and are lit during a very special Luminaria ceremony during the Relay event. You can purchase a Luminaria by contacting anyone who is on the Relay for Life committee. Please send pictures of Who you Relay for, to be featured at our Luminaria Ceremony the day of the event to

Relay for Life team

Relay for Life 'beautiful lengths'

Relay for Life barber

Relay for Life survivors

Relay for Life luminaries

Committee descriptions

  • E-Board & Chair Position Expectations & Descriptions

    There are many ways to participate in Relay for Life. The most exciting and rewarding position though is being part of the Relay for Life Committee. Planning for Relay for Life takes place months in advance. Our committee is comprised of many positions to accommodate many talents. Our mission is to have Relay for Life permeate our campus and give every student, faculty, staff and community member the opportunity to take part in this event; and we do it TOGETHER.

    • Time Commitment: Average 3-5 hours per week (WILL increase closer to event).
    • Each e-board member will oversee one of the seven subcommittees.
    • Meet regularly with Overall Director, Associate Director and staff advisors.
    • Schedule ongoing sub-committees meetings to track progress.
    • Attend committee meetings
    • Raise ($500 E-board) & ($300 Committee) towards committee team goal.
    • Attend all Relay events.
  • Event Director
    • Oversees the success of all Relay for Life committees.
    • Oversees the execution of the event.
    • Assist with developing goals, budget, and timeline for the event.
    • Set meeting agendas and leads E-Board and committee meetings.
    • Focus efforts on areas of leadership development, including building and motivating the team, establishing fundraising benchmarks, survivor development, event development and fundraising development.
    • Coordinate event opening and closing ceremonies.
    • Maintain regular and timely communication with CLS Advisors and ACS representative.
    • Oversees and manages the Relay for Life Intern program.
    • Serve as Relay spokesperson to the campus and local community.
  • Finance Director
    • Oversee subcommittee that includes fundraising, sponsorship, and donations to achieve fundraising goals.
    • Develop a comprehensive fundraising and sponsorship plan for the event
    • Keep track of all financial materials and databases and oversee counting and collection of all money and deposit it with ACS partner
    • Track all the donations given to Relay during meetings, events, etc.
    • Be accountable for keeping all databases updated and accurate
    • Work with team captains and team members and providing them information and resources to fund-raise.
    • Work with ACS staff and fellow committee chairs/member to ensure that teams/donors are recognized at pre-event, event, and post-event activities.
    • Coordinates silent auction items for special events and securing food sponsors for pre-events.
    • Collect and count team money at team captain meetings, Bank Night, pre-events and the day of the event.
    • Coordinates Relay for Life merchandise sales.
    • Serve as Relay spokesperson to the campus and local community.
  • Communications Director
    • Oversee subcommittee that includes publications and social media for both campuses.
    • Develop a comprehensive marketing plan for the event.
    • Promote all pre-events using social media and other forms of communication.
    • Coordinate with University Media Relations and External Relations.
    • Develops flyers and other print materials for all events.
    • Serve as Relay spokesperson to the campus and local community.
  • Teams Director
    • Oversee subcommittee that includes outreach and retention of previous teams, development of team captains, spirit points, and coaching of all teams.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for team development.
    • Coordinate recruitment and registration processes with Finance and Marketing.
    • Develop activities to retain teams from previous years. Coordinate all team captain meetings.
    • Develop and maintain spirit point process.
    • Coach team captains on fundraising ideas, team motivation, etc.
    • Help teams to register online and donate online.
    • Serve as Relay spokesperson to the campus and local community.
  • Logistics Director
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for Relay for Life event logistics, which includes master schedule, stage, sound, set up/break down, volunteers, and coordinates with FIU campus partners.
    • Oversee subcommittee, which includes pre-events, volunteers, decorations, and entertainment.
    • Plan master schedule, book entertainment, and create activities for night of Relay event.
    • Oversee the planning of special events such as Kick Off, Pit Events, and A Night of Hope.
    • Serve as Relay spokesperson to the campus and local community.
  • Advocacy Director
    • Oversee subcommittee, which includes Mission Education, Beautiful Lengths, Survivorship and Luminarias.
    • Provide training to team captains regarding mission education.
    • Coordinate the Beautiful Lengths (hair donation) campaign.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan to recruit survivors for the event
    • Plan and implement the Survivor Dinner.
    • Coordinate Luminaria donations.
    • Serve as Relay spok
  • Street Team Director
    • Creates application process for the Relay for Life Street Team.
    • Oversees the recruitment and selection process for Street Team.
    • Plan trainings, assists with special event, and Street Team meetings.
    • Serve as Relay spokesperson to the campus and local community.