Relay For Life Helping Drum Up Support to Beat Cancer

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Tallahassee, FL and Cairo, GA -- May 4, 2012 -

More than 500 people and more than 40,000 dollars. Those are just some of the numbers from today's Relay for Life charity event at Chiles High School.

Teams have been working hard to raise thousands of dollars to fund research to help find a cure for cancer.

Trish Kilcoyne, Relay for Life participant, says, "My mom right now has lymphoma and I have a family history. My grandfather died of colon cancer. So for me there is a personal reason to get into it."

Kilcoyne's team raised more the 5,000 dollars. They were one of 58 teams that helped raise $48,444.

WCTV's Triston Sanders was the emcees for the relay at Chiles High School.

Meanwhile, in Cairo, more than 200 people came out to Relay for Life event at Cairo High School's track.

People of all ages waled to support the cause and enjoyed good food and perfect weather for the charity event.

One woman has been battling cancer for decades and she shared her thoughts with WCTV.

Susan Brown, has been a cancer survivor for 40 years, says, "I've been a cancer survivor most of my life... and i feel for every single one that has cancer... my parents both died of cancer... 25 years apart... and i was able to help take care of both of them... "

Relay for Life is one of the biggest nationwide fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.