Athens Relay Team Celebrates The Campaign’s 35th Year With Vintage Look

By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt went on a walk and created a campaign against cancer.

Gordy, a colorectal surgeon in Washington, wanted to support his local American Cancer Society office. In 1985, he decided to circle a track at the University of Puget Sound for 24 hours. His family and friends donated $25 each to walk with him, and they raised $27,000. Relay for Life was born.

In honor of Relay’s 35th anniversary, the City of Athens Relay for Life Team is selling Vintage Relay T-shirts as a fundraiser. The Comfort Color dark gray shirts have a vintage look with a Relay ribbon on the front, and the words, “35 Years Strong. Fighting cancer never goes out of style!” on the back.

The short and long sleeve shirts are $20 each or $22 for 2X and 3X. The team is taking pre-orders through Oct. 18. To pre-order a shirt, email Team Captain Holly Hollman at or call Kim Glaze at 256-233-8730.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner