It was an emotional morning Sunday as hundreds made their final fight back lap around the Pleasant Valley High School track for the 14th annual Chico Relay For Life. " Each and every person on this track has filled out a pledge card, they've pledged to fight cancer", said coordinator Susie Rees. Darcie Gill, a participant adds " It's a very emotional time, but it's all for the greater cause so that's what it's all about".
The 24 hour relay began Saturday morning the weekend was filled with speeches of hope and songs of courage as nearly a thousand rallied together to fight against a disease that affects so many. " Family, co-worker, friend, it's just so prevalent", said Rees.
Paper bags from Saturday nights luminaria ceremony lined the track... with messages filled with love and hope still showing. And for all who attended the the weekends fight for a cure, every step they took fought for and remembered someone special. " It all started because one of our best friends passed away from ovarian cancer and my sister was diagnosed the same year with breast cancer", said Gill. Maria Steffy adds, " My sister has cancer right now so we're out here celebrating her".
The weekend brought in more than 200-thousand dollars, all to be donated to the American Cancer Society in hopes of one day finding a cure. And while this walk may be over, the fight is far from finished. " This is my second year and I hope for many many more", said Steffy, Gill adds " We'll be here till they kick us out". " Never gonna stop fighting it, not till it's done, until it's out of here", said Rees.