May 16, 2016 3:54 PM by News Staff
The battle to defeat cancer is a few steps closer as north state survivors and supporters hit the track for Relay for Life.
In Chico, hundreds of people flocked to pleasant valley high school where the 22-hour event which began Saturday and went through the night with folks walking nonstop until eight yesterday morning.
The annual event focuses on survivors of cancer and helps give hope to people recently diagnosed.
“It was pretty powerful,” said volunteers Deb Royat and Leann Pierce.
So far, the relay has raised more than $100,000 for cancer research.
And in Oroville, survivors and supporters gathered at the challenge charter school track, and got walking for the Oroville Relay for Life.
Six teams formed to make the 13-hour trek.
“It's a very personal thing and cancer hits everybody's lives,” said Michile Dulleck. “So we have all lost family members, loved ones, co-workers. So this is our way to fight back. It's called celebrate, remember and fight back and it's what we do.”
Survivors were given a spotlight during the survivors lap. They received a huge amount of support, and got to share their stories. The Oroville relay has so far raised more than $11,000.