Ohio County Relay for Life steps up fight against cancer
OHIO COUNTY, W. Va. —
Tents surrounded the Good Lake at Wheeling Park for this year's Ohio County Relay for Life, an event put on to raise money in the battle with cancer. Organizers hope that current cancer patients know they have help in their fight.
"They say that cancer is such a lonely disease, because people don't know what to do when they're diagnosed. We're here to let you know that you're not alone," says Peggy Dolan, a committee member for the Relay for Life event.
Support that can be seen by the sea of people, a mix of current cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers, family members and others.
"It's support that you've never had before. Being a survivor three times, I never had support like this around me. It's amazing," says three-time cancer survivor Amy Torres.
Along with the Relay for Life committee, several local churches and schools helped organize the event.
Before opening ceremonies, cancer survivors were treated to a survivor dinner courtesy of Olive Garden, with gift bags from local businesses.
"This is great. We come to it every year," says cancer survivor Nancy Toto.
Other parts of the night include a luminaria ceremony and the powerful survivor's walk.
"It's pretty emotional. They get out there and walk in celebration of their lives. Then their caregivers join them for the next lap, and that's even more emotional," says Dolan.
After it's all over with for the night, the hope is that the optimism doesn't stop there, as the fight against cancer continues.
"If you don't leave changed from coming here, you don't have a heart. It's amazing," says Torres.