IDCI Relay for Life hailed a success

Derry mum of two who lost husband to cancer taking part in Relay for Life to show kids there can be life after the disease

"We are so thankful to all the Relay for Life committee for having us and especially Clodagh involved".

Funds raised from Relay For Life events help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in many ways, each critical to achieving a world without cancer - from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.

Event Co-Chairwoman Kirsten Weidemann noted that each team aimed to have a least one participant walking around the park through the duration of the event, which stretched for about four hours.

The five-year cancer survival rate has almost tripled since the 1940s. I got tropical shirts, a boom box, and umbrellas with orange juice in them, and went in her hospital room and laid a shirt over her.

A DERRY woman who lost her husband to lung cancer when her children were just three and seven is taking part in a huge event to raise money to battle the disease. Organizers say it's the community that continues to make the event bigger each year.

"As bad as it is to deal with cancer itself, it's the other symptoms like depression that are the most draining", she said.

Monteleone came to the event decked out in full pirate gear, complete with an eye patch, hat and a stuffed parrot perched on her shoulder.

She said she appreciates the volunteers, especially the younger ones. And they did, far surpassing Palcisko's original goal of $100.

She also told us, "I've been doing this for 17 years now".

"He conquered that, he kicked its but", she said. "Unfortunately, it's more and more people every day that are affected by it".

Dalton Robinson, 17, of Ford City is a survivor of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer.

"It gives me that good feeling to see everyone come out. and try to help donate for research to find a cure", he said.

Cancer survivors and caregivers gather for a pre-event photo.

She hopes that can be an example to others in the midst of their own fight. "Cause if you haven't, it's really hard to understand".

Some walked in support of family, friends or co-workers now battling cancer.

"We're all just trying to get to a place where cancer doesn't have to take any more lives", Larson said. There are days they want you to be bubbly, days where they want you to listen and days where you have to be the emotional enforcer.

Entertainment, games and contests are scheduled throughout the relay.

"She asked me to shave her head". They wanted to hold an event in New Fairfield to fight cancer so they partnered with the American Cancer Society to run a Relay for Life Event.

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