Pictured is the survivor lap at opening ceremony for Oneida’s Relay for Life.

(Oneida, NY – June 2012) A child wearing an oversized t-shirt down to her ankles, couples arm-in-arm, a woman sporting a bandana where her hair used to be, all walk for a common cause. They walk because they personally, or someone they know has battled cancer. These are just a few of the participants at this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Madison County held earlier this month.

“We had another amazing event thanks to everyone’s efforts,” said Kari Shanahan, event chair. “It’s very touching to hear from the survivors and see the community coming out to support them, as well as remember our lost loved ones.”

They did more than walk around a track all night. They joined a national movement that has raised more than $3 billion since its inception for the fight against cancer. They walked to create more birthdays around the world and hope for those battling the disease.

About 100 cancer survivors celebrated their triumph over the disease by walking in the Survivors’ Lap to kick off the Relay. They were then joined by their caregivers and hundreds of others who took turns circling the track at the Oneida High School. Walkers continued to relay all day and into the night in honor of cancer survivors, caregivers and those who lost their battle.

As night began to fall, 1,500 candles were lit at an emotional luminary service as walkers remembered those lost to the disease. More than $73,000 was raised during the annual event. Money raised from the Relay For Life event help save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

For more information about Relay for Life in your community, call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345. Donate online anytime at cancer.org/relay.

By martha

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