EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Relay For Life event is the sixth largest in the world, and with over 100 teams walking Willamette High School’s track it wasn’t hard to believe.
Thousands of people showed up to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Whether they walked for a friend, relative, or for themselves, relayers kept the energy high while walking on the luminary-lit track through the night.
“My cousin, Mardy is a ten year cancer survivor and every year we get together to support her,” said Amelia Arapoff, one of the walkers at the 24-hour long relay.
“If you know somebody that's had cancer, or have suffered yourself, or a family member … it's nice to see everybody come together,” said Angela Hodgin, one of those who came out to the Relay For Life support cancer research.
Among those walking in honor of friends or family that have passed are survivors. Richard Perkins was walking for his granddaughter Madilyn, a survivor of acute myeloid leukemia now living to see her 13th birthday.
“We're really happy that she's still here, and so far all of her follow up tests have been negative. So ... it looks good for the future," said Perkins.
Eugene's Relay For Life runs until 6 p.m. Saturday.