Relay for Life

The City of Athens traditionally has a Relay for Life Team to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and to support local cancer patients with medical-related travel expenses, wigs, scarves and support groups. Based on available records, the City of Athens Relay for Life Team has raised at least $96,104 for the American Cancer Society since 1999. 

The City Team works with other support groups such as Team Victory 4 All, which raises funds for Childhood Cancer projects and needs. The City Team also collects cola tabs to support the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis for St. Jude patients' families.

The 2017 Relay for Life of Limestone County event for all teams and the community will be May 12 at the Sportsplex from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be entertainment, ceremonies, and more.

Upcoming Fundraisers

City of Athens Relay for Life Events and Fundraisers
  • March 31 - Cattlemen's Ribeye Steak Sandwich Luncheon at Friendship United Methodist Church, $10 per ticket; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by CDPA.  Call 256-233-8730 for tickets.

  • "Light the Journey with Hope" purple Comfort Color T-shirts, $15 short sleeve and $20 long sleeve. Call 256-233-8730 or email

  • April 8 - Annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament at Ingalls Harbor from safelight to 3 p.m. Download registration form here: Rules and Registration

  • Celebrity Waiters Night - Details coming soon.

first place 2015
  1. Fundraise
The City of Athens Relay for Life Team conducts various fundraisers throughout the year. The fundraisers include a Celebrity Waiters Night, Bass Fishing Tournament, T-shirt sales, and more. Through the community's support of these efforts, the team raised $16,165 during the 2015-16 campaign year.
Aerial view of people forming a ribbon shape in a field
  1. Educate

The City of Athens Relay for Life Team promotes education about treatments, research and prevention. The website provides the latest information from the American Cancer Society.

Relay Team Bridge Pic (web)
  1. Celebrate
We refuse to let cancer have the last word. Each year, the City Team celebrates victories won at the annual Relay for Life of Limestone County event, traditionally held in May. We cheer those participating in the Survivors Walk, encourage those still battling cancer, and thank those who are supporting our fundraising efforts.

If you are interested in honoring a loved one or supporting our team, please email Team Captain Holly Hollman at