Leon County Relay for Life 2004

Into the wee hours of the night people took turns walking or running laps, all to raise money for cancer research. It's tradition for those in the yellow shirts, the cancer survivors. Some we spoke with did not expect the celebrity treatment!

Hal Pitts, a brain cancer survivor, said, "It really lifts my spirits to see that I'm not alone and to see so many people out here that are walking around everyday, but here they are out here together with their yellow shirts on and they’re making it, and they're surviving."

Marjorie Heatter, a breast cancer survivor, said, "Makes me feel wonderful that I'm one of them and that all of these people stood around and applauded as we walked by, it really filled my heart."

"It makes me feel very good, ever since I became a cancer survivor, I've participated in the relay for life, and awareness and early detection makes all the difference. It made me a big difference with my diagnosis," added Joni Hartsfield, also abreast cancer survivor.

Event organizers say more than $400,000 was raised at last year's Relay, but this event is more than about raising money for those battling cancer. It gives a voice to those who've unfortunately lost their fight.

Each of the luminaries placed around the track represented the spirit of someone who has died from cancer, and this year close to 4,000 luminaries were placed.

Melissa Morgan, the daughter of cancer survivor, said, "It makes me feel sad to think some people didn't make it through like other people did."

"It makes me feel that, my mother, brother, their light still shines, just sending hope up to God saying watch the rest of them," said Sandra Hollister, who lost friends and family to cancer.

The amount raised from this year's Relay for Life was announced Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The Relay wrapped up at noon Saturday.


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