Participants are united by a common cause that touches everyone in some way, a cause that we are sadly reminded of all too often when we learn that the disease has claimed yet another person. "Those relationships are what bring this whole movement to life, whether we're here in support of somebody who is fighting right now, whether we're honoring someone who has won their fight, or whether it is in honor of somebody no longer walking the track with us. these bags all represent those relationships".
The night is all about recognizing those who have been through cancer; from the survivors, the caregivers, families and friends.
"We're proud to say that, to date (Monday, June 4), we have raised $56,000 in support of the American Cancer Society programs, information and services", Martin said. "I have lost several family members to this frightful disease: In 1995, my seven-year-old niece; in 1996, my mother-in-law; and in 2006, my grandpa lost his battle".
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"This is something that amazes me year after year to see how powerful this event is", Procaccini said. It's always been very emotional to watch that survivor lap. She comes to all my relays with me, she is a breast cancer survivor of 20 years.
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Sarah is a mother and a grandmother. The Wausau native shared her story with hundreds of people at the Relay's opening ceremonies. "I got my pledge in, then I'd walk".
"So many children, so many adults go through cancer", Braga said. She had won the battle against cancer. Every time I come back, we have more survivors. We were getting messages like on Facebook telling us that they kept us in their prayers. "It was amazing. Amazing", she said. Darcy Derbecker, community fundraising specialist, says people can register as an individual and just meet new people.
Cade was just one of the many cancer survivor's at this year's relay. "It's an honour to be the face of Relay and I'm happy to help others". "The will and desire to help others know that cancer does not have to be a death sentence keeps me going".
Last month seven-year-old Ayla Windley set a goal to raise $500 for the Canadian Cancer Society. You can help them reach this goal by donating here.