Relay for Life Going Into The Night

by WHIZ Reporter on June 10, 2012 at 2:46 am

People at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds are pulling an all-nighter to raise money for cancer treatment.

The annual relay for live event is on-going.

Chelsea Edwards of the American Cancer Society said the event has been going on for over 15 years, and thrives on the support of those walking to honor loved ones past and present battling the disease.

"Most people here have been touched by cancer, in someway whether it’s been personally or a loved one, and some people are walking in honor of survivors in their lives and some people unfortunately are walking in memory of those that they love," said Edwards.

The day’s events included a cancer survivor’s lap and an auction with the evening being capped off with a ceremony honoring those who lost their battle.

Edwards said that participants stay overnight because it symbolizes the notion that cancer never sleeps.

"We go into the dark just like a cancer patient does when they’re diagnosed and in the morning we come out with the light at the end of the tunnel with that hope; that symbol of hope," added Edwards.

So far, Edwards said the American Cancer Society has raised over $81,000 this year