ABINGDON, Va. - More than 500 people gathered at the Washington County Virginia Fairgrounds on Saturday, to support cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight.
"As long as I'm able to come and support this, I'll be here every year," said Phyllis Greathead.
Greathead has been coming to Relay For Life since she was diagnosed with cancer six years ago.
"When they first told me I had cancer, I was upset," she said. "After that I just thought, I'm going to fight this."
Greathead did just that and was one of 180 survivors at the event.
She told us that it helps to be around people who know what she's been through.
We're told others at the event were walking laps in remembrance of family and friends they've lost to the illness.
"We had a beloved band teacher that passed away last year and kids like to come and walk in memory of her," said Sharon Williams, a teacher at Wallace Middle School.
She told us they've spent the last year raising $2,000 for the American Cancer Society.
"We've done various projects throughout the school year," Williams said. "We've done walk-a-thons, we have pajama day, we've sold walking tacos today."
Her students are not the only ones raising money. Event organizers told us altogether the Relay teams have raised more than $90,000 for the fight against cancer.
"This county is just amazing, they really truly do amazing things," said Jennifer Davis, the senior manager for Relay For Life. "You just never know, like for example they just had a donor come in and drop off a $10,000 check."
Davis told us she was inspired to get involved after losing her brother to cancer.
"I Relay to be out of a job so that there will not be a need for the American Cancer Society," she said.
If you didn't have the chance to participate in the Relay For Life event, you can still donate to the American Cancer Society at any time on their website.
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