"You stay up all night for just one night to fight cancer, but the people who are going through this battle have to fight cancer every day, all day long".
Over 300 individuals teamed up and were taking turns walking during the 12-hour relay from 7 p.m Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
"If it wasn't for (the community), I don't think it would have been as easy for me", breast cancer survivor Jo Ellis said.
Roberts Lodge That Gives provides a home away from home free of charge for Nova Scotians undergoing cancer treatment and other services that help local patients and their families during a hard time. "It's a time to just take a moment to reflect on how those people have impacted our own lives and how grateful we are for those people each and every day".
"The love, the prayers, people we didn't even know were backing us".
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"But what really matters are the names on these Luminaria bags". Everyone is here for one reason, and that is to show their support for our cancer survivors and loved ones.
"One of the coolest things.is the Luminaria exchange, where (Relay) events from different states, different parts of the nation, (send) bags to the other side of the country.to represent that those folks are here", she continued. "It's just an fantastic sight to experience, to know that the team at Greater Niagara is Relaying with you".
"This is something that amazes me year after year to see how powerful this event is", Procaccini said.
After joining a support group called LifeSpring and talking with other survivors, Kathy Lowe said she learned to embrace her feelings around the disease. There kept being other options, another clinical trial.
Cancer survivors are cheered by Abbey's Army during the victory lap at Windsor-Essex Relay for Life event at Colasanti's Tropical Gardens on Friday.
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"I'm a survivor since 1975". "My first Relay for Life was in 2002 when I was first diagnosed".
McAloon said final fundraising totals will not be official until August 31, the closing date for the year.
"I said I was doing this when they had it out at the football field", she said.
Any Newtown cancer survivor or caregiver is welcome and encouraged to attend, and can register by e-mailing Megan.McGrady@cancer.org or calling 914-397-8803. She added, "Come, enjoy, meet the people that are helping everyone, there is always hope".
In addition to raising funds for the American Cancer Society, the Relay also serves as an opportunity to bring the entire community together.
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She noted contributions to the 2018 Greater Niagara Relay are still being accepted.