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Relay for Life Fundraising Season Kicks off at Floyd Arena

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By Emily Girsch.
Relay For Life is just around the corner, and to prepare for the event, this year's participants gathered at the Floyd L. Maine Arena Friday night for the kickoff.

"I'm in the medical profession and I see people with cancer everyday and it's heartbreaking," said Pat Vincent, chairman for the event.

"There should be a world with no cancer."

Relay for Life is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

As part of a team, participants walk around a track from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to raise money for cancer research.

"It's a lot of fun. It's nice to see all the people out there for a great cause and we raise a lot of money," said coordinator of teams, Thelma Whitcombe.

Amy Pitman lost her mother to cervical cancer two years ago.

"When she was diagnosed, I was 8 months pregnant so I was thinking, 'What am I going to do? I'm having a child of my own and my mom has this horrible disease,'" she said.

Amy's mother Jeannie Rouse participated in Relay for Life for many years.

She passed away in August 2014 and every relay since has more meaning for Amy and her family.

"This will be the second year we do it without her," she said.

"Last year was definitely pretty hard."

The 31st annual event will take place at Suny Broome on June 10th.

To register, you can sign up online at relay.acsevents.org.