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|Survivors and Supporters Rally to Fight Cancer
|Everyone has a story - and no place was that more evident than at the 2009 Knox County Relay For Life that began Friday night at Knox College.
Nearly 60 teams of 15 walkers each took to the college campus to share their stories and celebrate being cancer survivors while walking to raise money for cancer research, education and advocacy.
Organizers say last year they surpassed $1 million raised over the 15 years of events during the Relay ceremonies. The goal this year is to raise about $150,000 to fight the disease.
One of the cancer survivors, Janice Larson, told her story about how cancer has affected her and her family. Larson had a special request for the participants.
"I challenge each of you to give generously to this worthy cause so that in the future, all can be survivors. May our luminaries, someday, light the world with all survivors."
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza talked about how cancer has affected his life. Garza says he worked with Alvin Moore, an engineer at Maytag years ago, who was diagnosed and later succumb to the disease - leaving behind his wife Bonnie and a 15-year old daughter at the time. Garza says Moore was always concerned with others and told him he already lived a good life and wanted to extend that onto others.
The Relay For Life program has existed since 1985 and has raised over $4 billion to fund the American Cancer Society.
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza welcomes people to the 2009 Relay For Life at Knox College
Janice Larson, a cancer survivor, shares her story with others at the 2009 Knox County Relay For Life
Survivors begin their walk around the Knox College campus at the 2009 Relay For Life
Members of the Galesburg/Knoxville Cheerleading Squad welcome people during Friday and Saturday's Relay For Life at Knox College
A display at the 2009 Relay For Life shares cancer stories of family and friends of those involved in the walk
(Story and photos by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
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