Dr. Klatt had a purpose when he began the 24 Hour Relay in 1985. The significance of daytime and nighttime coincides with the journey that all cancer patients go through.
Clear your mind and picture............
It's daylight. Life is wonderful. You're healthy, happy and looking forward to the future. You're looking forward to your child's dance recital or taking your child to Disney World for a vacation. You're looking forward to the new house you just bought. You have a new dream job that you're thrilled about.
But then,...... darkness falls.
You hear those words " You've got cancer", or worse, your child has cancer. Your life has suddenly become very dark. You don't know what the outcome will be. You feel there is no hope in sight. You start your treatments. Your nauseous and you have no hair. You're exhausted from caring for your child and from the agony knowing there's nothing you can do to make him healthy again. You couldn't possibly feel any worse.
The sun starts to rise. The tumor is shrinking. Your treatments are working. You're getting your appetite back. Your child feels well enough to go out and play for just a few minutes. There is hope.
It is now daylight and you're in remission. You have your life back. You've made it through the night and the darkness. You celebrate life in the daylight knowing that the darkness of nighttime is behind you.
This is why we Relay.
This is why Relay is an overnight event.