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2018 Relay for Life brings hundreds out to Kinnett Stadium to support the fight against cancer

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) - The 2018 Relay for Life kicked off Friday night at 7:00 p.m. as hundreds filled Kinnett Stadium to walk for 12 hours straight in the battle against cancer.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser, helping to fuel cancer research and countless other programs to help individuals fighting cancer.

"People walk for various reasons," says Ken Chung with the American Cancer Society.

Survivors, families of survivors, families of those fighting cancer, and supporters show up for the event.

"My grandmother is here, she's had breast cancer and lukemia and thyroid cancer, so it's just really important to me and my family to honor her and stuff," says Joanna Walden. 

Walden came out with her church family, Hilton Terrace Baptist Church. 

Another member of the Hilton Terrace Baptist Church team shares a similar reason of why this event is important to her.

"My grandfather, he passed away from lung cancer three years ago and it really hurt our family. But that's one of the reasons why I'm out here, because my grandfather," says Gracie Parett.

Military members and firefighters show up in the walk for a cure.

"We are out here because everyone has been affected by cancer one way or another so it's good for us to come out here and show our support," says Jennifer Horton with Columbus Fire and EMS.

Chung says Relay for Life is all about a community bonding together in the fight.

"It shows your support for the community we live in, for the people undertaking the fight of their life, or who have won the fight of their life or remember those who unfortunately didn't win the fight."

Chung says Columbus hosts one of the largest Relay for Life events in Georgia. 

While the turnout this year is large, Chung says it is smaller than other years, and they are already looking for volunteers for next year.

If you're interested in volunteering, you can call the Columbus Relay for Life at 706-324-4593 or find them online here. 


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