Status Update

By Jennifer Heggie
It is with great sadness that the American Cancer Society shares news of the death of our dear friend and Honorary Life Member Gordon Klatt, MD, founder of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event.
As you may know, just a few years ago “Gordy” was diagnosed with cancer himself and took many measures to overcome a disease he fought both personally through Relay events, and professionally through his job as an oncologist. We learned this morning that he lost that battle last night and passed away from congestive heart failure at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Thirty years ago, Gordy took to the track in Tacoma, Washington to fight back for his cancer patients raising $27,000 USD for the fight against cancer. His innovative idea has now spread to 23 countries and more than 5,000 events, changing the face of cancer.
The Relay For Life program is greater than just a fundraiser, it's about communities coming together to support each other - and it is thanks to Gordy that it has become the world's largest movement to end this disease!
Gordy lives in each of us and the more than 4 million Relay participants walking the track each year.
'Producer Jen'
Hey Jen-
You know how much all of us at WPOC support the fight against Cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Klatt Family and everyone at the American Cancer Society.
My Best,
Michael J