TORONTO, Ohio — More than 50 people attended the inaugural Cancer Survivor Dinner in Toronto Thursday evening.
The event was held in a room full of strangers and friends, all of whom have been affected by the same disease.
"There are so many people in this community that have had cancer or have passed away from cancer,” said Connie Crawford of Relay for Life.
It was a night to honor survivors and remember those who have lost the battle.
Each attendee came with a unique story to share, including those who have battled the disease for 10, 20, 30, even 50+ years.
"I’m sure everybody here has heard the doctor tell you or your family member that you have cancer. It is a day that you’ll never forget,” said survivor Jenny Dickinson.
"It’s been 25 years – that was last October – that I had breast cancer, and the good Lord has been good to me, my family has been great. People that are going through something like this – they need family. They need support,” said survivor Linda Winstel.
The dinner kicks off a weekend of events in the Gem City.
The 9th annual Campbell-Dickinson Run Bike and Walk will be held on Saturday.
The event is named after William Campbell and Jenny Dickinson, and is seen as a way to fight back against a disease that has affected so many.
"My father would be absolutely amazed and so happy. He never lived to see this, but he would be just blown away,” said David Campbell, William Campbell’s son.
The Campbell-Dickinson Run Bike and Walk will take place this Saturday starting at 10 a.m., with same-day registration beginning at 8 a.m.