People walking in Relay for Life

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Many people in eastern Kentucky are up past their bedtime Friday night walking in Relay for Life events across the region.

The survivor's walk draws the biggest applause every year at the Floyd County event. Breast cancer survivor Billie Turner says it is inspirational.

"Seeing those other survivors gives you hope, and shows you that it can be beat," Turner said.

Bobby Mosley is walking for a cure. He was first diagnosed with cancer ten years ago, and just found it has returned again for the third time.

"It's a wonderful thing to know that I'm gonna beat it. Because of my son, I have a beautiful daughter and a wife, and I got everything to live for," Mosley said.

He says he never thought he would get sick, but was diagnosed early because of a screening.

The McDowell ARH team is walking for a cure, and also offering free screenings to winners at their roulette game.

"You never can tell, and it doesn't discriminate against your religion, your race, or your age. Cancer affects everyone," Michelle Springer, with ARH, said.

Bridgette Brashear has lost family members to cancer, and is also walking for a cure. She says when the candles are lit in memory of those lost, it is touching.

"It's my fire. When I'm out here at night, and the luminaria bags are lit and we're walking. It gives me a sense of hope that maybe we won't have to be out here doing this," Brashear said.

But until there is a cure, folks will continue walking all night long.

There are several more relay for life events this weekend.
Clay and Letcher Counties are having their events Friday night as well. Folks in Perry County will begin walking Saturday at noon.

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