Relay For Life moving to Mendota High School

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More than 65 cancer survivors and their supporters walked the first mile of the Liberty, Girard and McDonald Relay for Life held in Mcdonald Friday and today.

"For years I thought about it".

Miss Rhode Island Allie Coppa will attend the Kent County Relay for Life Saturday at West Warwick High School.

Braga's story began before January 7, 2014, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "That's why we have to make sure people know they aren't alone".

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.

This is the 16th year that Windsor-Essex has participated in the national event.

More and more people appear to be showing support for the Canadian Cancer Society of Chatham-Kent.

"I'm a 25-year survivor and very active in my role as an advocate for the cancer patient", she said.

"If you're going through cancer, there's a lot of people that got your back", said Stan.

"If it wasn't for (the community), I don't think it would have been as easy for me", breast cancer survivor Jo Ellis said.

Relay For Life coordinator Aimee Cassie is overwhelmed by the community's response to the yearly event.

Preceding the main event is the free Relay For Life of Newtown's Survivor/Caregiver luncheon. And at 7:15 p.m. the volleyball tournament started with other activities like the bouncy house, food venders and people walking their laps around the park.

Resident Rita Wozniak, a 40-year-plus cancer survivor, was another who came to celebrate the meaning of Relay. Teams must have one participant on the track at all times.

"Putting together an event like this is not easy; it takes about a year of planning", said McMurter.

Now in its second year in a new format, the shortened event lasting six hours, from 6pm to midnight, used to run for 12 hours.

"We welcomed over 50 cancer survivors, 200 participants and members of the American Cancer Society National Relay Leadership Team, who came as far as California to join us", in addition to local visitors, Martin said.

The preteens and teens organized a lemonade stand to raise money for the American Cancer Society. "It's the survivors and caregivers that truly, truly understand the battle and the journey".

"When the ones you love are diagnosed with or die from cancer, friends and family often want to do something to help or remember them".

The day she found the lump she visited a doctor and things moved very quickly.

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