Cupan of McDonald was among at least several hundred people Friday at the Liberty-McDonald Relay For Life at Woodland Park in McDonald. This year's relay theme is "Light the Night", so teams are encouraged to decorate their team sites with creative lighting elements to reflect that illuminating theme.
One year she stayed until 6 a.m.
Emily Tier was one such visitor.
So far, 16 teams have registered in the local Relay and have been raising funds for the fight against cancer in Kendall County. She also works in palliative medicine. "The will and desire to help others know that cancer does not have to be a death sentence keeps me going".
With each step, dozens of people in the city of Utica moved closer to a cure for cancer.
The night wrapped up with a Luminaria Ceremony, where loved ones were memorialized with decorated paper sacks arranged in a glowing pattern, and the Fight Back Ceremony. "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".
Since the first Canadian Relay for Life in 1999, the event has raised over $500 million for the Canadian Cancer Society. "When we're given names for the luminaria bags, we add them to our scrolling visual display that runs continuously on a blow-up screen during the Relay".
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The chance to help support those who have had cancer or are now battling it is here with this year's Relay for Life Lamar County.
"It's a time for families and friends to gather, have a good time, play games, socialize, and really celebrate being with each other and those who are important in their everyday lives. I come back to honor them and fight for the survivors", she said. There kept being other options, another clinical trial.
6 p.m.: Survivor ceremony with speaker; Survivor Walks and Caregiver Walks.
"I'm a survivor since 1975". I have made some of the best friendships because of Relay.
"Three years ago, I never thought I'd be on this stage speaking to all of you, telling you about a journey that I sometimes can not even comprehend myself", said Heffernan.
"I thought I'd probably die of cancer at some point but I didn't expect to be diagnosed with breast cancer at 61", said Wellington, who lost her mother and many of her 13 aunts and uncles to the disease.