"This tells me that more and more people throughout the community is learning about Relay For Life and are getting involved with a passion to put cancer to an end," said Rosie Williams, chair of the Scioto County Relay for Life.
At the start of each years relay, survivors present walk around the track. Tim Shepherd, a 35 year cancer survivor led this year’s survivors lap.
Williams estimated 500 people in attendance for the events opening ceremonies.
"This is our biggest year yet we have 38 teams that have joined the relay this year. All of this is just amazing. We've added tons of new teams, there is a lot for us to be excited about," Williams said.
According to released information, Relay For Life is one of the biggest fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.
In 2011 over 258 Scioto County residents were directly helped by the free local programs and services, including the Patient Navigation Center, Man-to-Man, Hope Lodges, Look Good Feel Good, and Gas Cards.
According to www.relayforlife.org, "each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer."