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Relay for Life Comes to Chico

Hundreds of people fought cancer with every step in Chico on Saturday and Sunday.

Posted: May 7, 2018 10:59 AM

Chico Calif. -- Hundreds of people fought cancer with every step in Chico on Saturday and Sunday.

The relay went on all day and all night at Pleasant Valley High School. This year, organizers say they've combined all of Butte County in the relay, that includes Paradise, Chico, Oroville, Gridley.

Action News Now spoke with one of this year's event leaders who says she and her sister were both diagnosed with cancer. The money raised isn't just for research, it is to help people get through dealing with a diagnosis on a daily basis.

"I had done Relay for Life, but I didn't know what it really meant until you get cancer, and you see all the programs, it's the programs for the survivors," said Leann Pierce, Event Leader for Relay for Life.

Besides research, some of the programs include Hope Lodge, which is a free place for patients to stay when they seek treatment out of town. Road to Recovery helps people who are living after treatments. The relay lasted for 22 hours and wrapped up on Sunday morning.

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