Cancer Survivor Shares Relay For Life Experience

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Updated: 7/15/2013 10:28 am
People from across the United States came together for an event that began Friday and will last  throughout the night and into tomorrow all in support for Relay For Life a charity that wants less cancer and more birthdays.  Christina Brown, a survivor of cancer was there tonight to make her lap around the field in support of the fight against cancer and to offer hope.  

"As a survivor, this survivor lap means so much to us. You know as one person I know how it makes me feel, it makes me feel amazing, it makes me feel like I can definitely get through this," said Christina Brown, the Survivorship Chair.  

Almost every person across the field raised their hands Friday night to signify that they have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Many Pocatello residents brought out their tents, camping chairs, and umbrellas to show support.

"It feels amazing, we don't want to see the sea of purple shirts, but at the same time you know you are not the only one going through that and you know if you need the support there are numerous support groups out there to help you," added Brown.         

The event started with the national anthem and showing of the colors. It continued with Highland High school student, Timmy Bowie, a cancer survivor who talked about the other kids in her unit who gave her inspiration and encouragement, and the notion to make every day count. Almost 700 participants came to walk around the track at Century high school. In that crowd was a group of 60 students from Highland High School all there in support of a friend. 

"Team Nathan," yelled the students.

The first lap was walked by the survivors and their care givers and over the next 14 hours at least one person from every team will be on the track until about 7 am Saturday morning to show that cancer never sleeps and neither will the fight against cancer.  
        
"I think the thing that makes the survivorship lap is all the support from the different teams. Just getting out there and them cheering us on, it's just an amazing thing," said Brown. 

This event has already raised almost $90-thousand dollars, for more information on how to get involved you can visit www.relayforlife.org
        
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