ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

24 hour walk-a-thons to raise money for the fight against cancer have been around since the mid-80's, and throughout the Tri-Cities communities come together for Relay For Life to honor the survivors and remember those who have lost the battle.

Friday's relay was in Carter County at Elizabethton High School where teams of people camped out and walked the track to find a cure.

Volunteers began setting up well before 5 P.M. and the kick-off began at 7 P.M. with the survivor lap.

During that lap, all cancer survivors took the first lap around the track celebrating their victory over cancer. The other participants lined the track and cheered them on.

A luminaria ceremony took place to remember people who lost their lives to cancer, honor those people who have fought cancer in the past and support those whose fight continues today.

During the ceremony, candles were lit inside bags lining the track. People had a chance to personalize those bags when they signed up.

News 5 spoke with two year breast cancer survivor Debbie Perry and she gave an encouraging message to those who are still battling.

"If you're still fighting, just don't give up. My sister fought it for like well ten years basically but she passed away in October. But, there is hope for everybody," says Perry.

Perry tells News 5 the most important thing you can do is get a mammogram.