Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Hundreds will be walking the night away at Coastal Carolina University to help fight back against cancer and raise money to cure the deadly disease.
The American Cancer Society held one of its many local Relay for Life events Friday night, drawing students and the community to the school's track for the annual event. Organizers say before kicking off the night at 7 p.m., participants gathered more than $60,000 in donations for the American Cancer Society.
Even though organizers say each Relay event is special in its own way, the evening began with a crowd of cancer survivors taking to the track for the celebratory "Survivor's Lap."
"Just to look out here and see the night sky and the moon and to be able to look at it and be with all these people, it's just life changing," said Deborah Brott, a cancer survivor. "Every day is life changing, but tonight is the most special."
Survivors received links in a chain for each year they were cancer free and luminaries honored those who lost their battle with cancer.
The event continues through the night and will conclude at 7 a.m. Saturday.