A world with more birthdays.
That is the goal of the American Cancer Society and the Pennington County Relay for Life kicked off Friday night to raise money to save lives. Last year the Pennington County Relay raised $127,000.
Survivors were the first ones to take a lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.
Survivors, caregivers, and those affected by cancer, formed teams around a track and prepared to relay until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The idea is that at least one member from each team walks the track at all times.
Candles will be lit Friday night at 10:00 p.m. to remember those who were lost to cancer.
Event organizers say the relay is a way to give back to those who fought cancer. "You can make it through chemo, you can make it through the radiation treatments, you can make it through the surgeries, if a cancer survivor can do all that, I think we can walk for 12 hours," said Ken Jeakins, Relay for Life organizer.
Harold Mowry, a large-cell lymphoma cancer survivor, says Relay is a chance for him to celebrate life and teach people about cancer. "Relay is a chance to give someone like me to give back to raise awareness," said Mowry. "It's not just about the money it's about educating people on how cancer impacts their life."