UPDATE: 05/19/2012 6:33 PM
It's the 18th year for Relay for Life in Washington County, and hundreds camped out all night to show their support.
70 teams. 200 survivors. Searching for 1 cure. Support for the Relay for Life event was at an all-time high this year.
Civitan Park was crowded with teams setting up camp to raise money for the cause.
Luminaries line the track to honor those who lost the fight to cancer.
And the teams did them proud by raising around $150,000 dollars.
"That's whats so neat about it is its such a small community and to raise that amount of money is absolutely amazing. Especially in these hard times with everybody. You know you set goals and sometimes the goals you get are unrealistic from the vision, but we strive to get those goals. For us in this economy in this small area $150,000 is amazing. It's absolutely amazing," says Co-Chair Connie Grimes.
There's still time to meet their goal of $190,000. They will be accepting donations until August.
Two counties... one goal! Putting an end to cancer at the Relay For Life in Wood and Washington Counties.
"We are actually here to honor people who are fighting the battle with cancer and to remember the people we've lost," explains Susie Warman, Community Manager for Relay For Life in Wood County. "We're raising money to help end cancer and celebrate more birthdays."
Each step puts money where the fight is. Often, that fight is right in here in the community.
Desni Crock and her daughter Bridget have participated in Relay for over 5 years but the walk became more personal when Bridget was diagnosed with cancer.
"We started 'Bridget's Brigade' the year she was diagnosed," Desni explains. "She was diagnosed in 2008 with Pleuropulmonary blastoma which is a rare form of genetic cancer, lung cancer."
Now celebrating three years cancer free, Bridget and her mom know the importance of Relay events.
"We have had such support for Bridget throughout her treatment that we decided we needed to pay it forward," Desni says. "That's why we are down here advocating so much for not only the American Cancer Society but especially for childhood cancers."
For those struggling with the disease, one survivor says keeping the faith is her best piece of advice.
"You just never give up hope because you just don't know when something like that could happen to you and when it could stop," McKayla Stevens. "So, you just have to be thankful for the little moments you have."
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