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Hundreds Walk in Relay for Life

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Fighting cancer one step at a time.

Saturday, hundreds of families, caregivers, survivors, local
organizations, individuals and the American Cancer Society joined forces for the 10th annual Relay for Life of Western Broome County.

The relay is an overnight event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society. The event opened with a survivor lap as survivors took a silent lap around the track. A luminaria of bags in remembrance of those who lost and in honor of those won their battle to cancer lined the track and lit during a special luminaria ceremony. .

"I lost four family members to cancer in my freshman year of college, all four of them in a very short amount of time, and I knew that there had to be something that we could do to really fight back. That's why I wanted to work with the American Cancer Society," said Community Manager for Relay for Life Spencer Waldman.

"If kids or anyone else has cancer, or someone of a loved one has it, then stay strong, and that's really all you can do, and hope for the best," said 16-year-old cancer survivor Mariah McFadden.

Saturday's event helped raise over $35,000 for the American Cancer Society. In addition to the walk-- participants could also in partake in other activities like games, picnics and dances.

The relay will continue until 5:30 Sunday morning.