They walked all night because, as an organizer put it, “cancer doesn’t sleep”.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life took place from Friday night to Saturday morning on the track at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. Several dozen teams of people showed up to walk the track through the night. Each team had raised donations to be given to the Cancer Society for the fight against cancer.
“We are here to scare away cancer,” said organizer Margo Morgan-Storie of the Friday the 13th event.
Two young people who are surviving cancer scares were the honorary co-chairs of the event.
Bradley Weldin’s mother, Berta, told the assembled teams, as she fought tears, that any cancer is difficult, “but having a child with it is very hard.” She added, “He is our miracle.”
Heather Oney’s father, Bill, also a member of the event’s organizing committee, told the group that Heather’s attitude towards surgery and treatment for brain cancer — “Let’s get it done” — is the same attitude needed to fight cancer on everyone’s behalf.
After dark, people lit candles placed inside small paper bags. The bags ringed the entire quarter-mile track. On each bag was written the name of a cancer survivor or patient.
Here’s is a gallery of photos from the event, including a section of faces of cancer survivors. Survivors wear purple t-shirts.
And here is a video from the opening ceremonies, showing the parents of the two young honorary co-chairs discussing their fights against cancer.