Relay for Life Starts Friday

relay for lifeEUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people are making the rounds at the Willamette High School track in Eugene Friday, fighting cancer one lap at a time.

Relay for Life┬áis quite an emotional event for survivors and those who’ve lost loved ones to cancer.

There’s a huge showing of support. Organizers say this is the third largest event in the world.

Nearly 140 teams are participating this year in the event that honors survivors and remembers those who’ve lost their battle with cancer.

People started walking around the track at noon Friday.

The event features a survivor celebration and victory lap and a luminarie where people walk around the track with candle-lit bags to honor a survivor or someone who lost their battle.

Cancer survivors say they’re there to share their struggles.

“I’m a cancer survivor. Larry Tentinger is my other half. He’s battling leukemia right now. My daughter and my granddaughter have had cancer, so plenty of reason (to be out walking in support). It’s a big fight,” said cancer survivor Kathy Tentinger.

Last year the event raised nearly $700,000.

Organizers say it’s like a big party. The event is from noon Friday to noon Saturday with bands and entertainment all night long. Opening ceremonies happen at 6 p.m. Friday.

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