Thirteen teams gathered together at the Frank Mangano Memorial Field in East Liverpool for the Columbiana County Relay for Life Friday evening.
Funds raised from Relay For Life events help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in many ways, each critical to achieving a world without cancer - from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. This year, 13 teams from across Lee County have worked toward the goal of raising at least $90,000.
Relay For Life of Aroostook this year shifts to a daytime format while keeping firmly focused on its mission to celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those lost to cancer and fighting back against the disease. Along with those two awful losses, her sister-in-law (30-years-old) lost her life to breast cancer, as well.
Hundreds of people participated in the annual Relay for Life event at Ludlow High School. Anyone, from toddlers to seniors, will find something to enjoy at this year's Relay.
"This is an fantastic event to help raise awareness, and that's why we're here", said Reese's son, Bradley Ridout of Hastings "It's also a good reason to get everybody together to celebrate her life".
Amy joins "Heroes" from countries including South Africa, America and Germany who have been recognised by the American Cancer Society.
Just three years later Catherine's life was touched by cancer again when her sister Susan McGoldrick was diagnosed with stage 4A cervical cancer.
This event gives the community a chance to come out and help others understand the impact of cancer. "It was a constant feeling of having to kickstart myself to get out of bed, to go to my treatments on time, to still be a full-time mother and wife".
She said she was at work when she received the call telling her she had cancer. It was when she told the story about why her daughter wanted to start a team for the relay two years ago. "Hopefully, we can help change the future".
Kendra Bargen, sponsorship chair of the event, has been active in the relay for eight years.
"I'm proud of every single student involved", said Docherty. "But I didn't have that fear that many people have". "I got tears in my eyes doing that, but I love to come to this".