The Eugene / Springfield Relay for Life is where Mascots for a Cure originally started back in 2011. This is where our hate for cancer, passion to make a difference, and our love of helping others who are battling this terrible disease, grew into what Mascots for a Cure is today! In 2011 we created Mascots for a Cure from the idea of creating a “lighter” side to cancer. We wanted to bring laughter, joy, hope and love to the participants at Relay for Life because we know that a large part of battling cancer is keeping a positive attitude and outlook in regard to what you are going through. We know just how serious cancer is from our own personal loss due to this disease — a loss that too many of us have experienced and continue to experience.
In July of 2011, we not only had a Black Hawk helicopter do a flyover and land at our Relay for Life, not only had fun competitions like a celebrity watermelon eating contest, water balloon toss, mascot tug of war competition, fun themed laps, and a lot more, but . . . we brought 16 larger than life characters to interact with cancer survivors and their families / teams. Seeing that this idea was a huge success and being that it had such a positive impact on so many, is what turned Mascots for a Cure from a fun idea and activity to a non-profit organization that helps fight childhood cancer.