People continue to donate not only their money but also their time in the fight against cancer.
Each year more than 3,500,000 people in 5,000 communities around the United States participate in Relay for Life events.
“It just brings the community together to rally around something that’s going to benefit everybody,” said American Cancer Society Public Relations Sara Cassan.
For more than 20 years the LC Valley has proven that they are no exception.
“We relay because we’ve been touched by people in our families that have cancer and passed away or people that survive cancer,” said Relay for Life Event Chair Tamera Lewis.
For Lewis it’s the combination of celebration and remembrance that keeps her coming back year after year.
“I’m a 14-year survivor of breast cancer, and I’ve lost family members to cancer and friends,” said Lewis. “So a lot of this is because we have the passion to keep walking.”
Walking is the key activity for each relay team, as they take turns walking throughout the night and into the morning.
“It never gets difficult to walk or hard to walk especially when you’re dealing with Relay for Life and you're raising funds,” said Lancer Lanes Relay Team participant Kevin Nollette.
In addition to raising funds, an equally important part lies within the remembrance of those who lost their own battle to the disease.
“The track gets lit up with luminaries and it’s a time to remember those who passed or those who are going through cancer,” said Cassan.
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