Cancer survivors walk at Relay for Life

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The University of the Cumberlands held this year’s first Relay for Life in the region Friday night.

It was Betty Smith's third Survivor's lap at a University of the Cmberlands Relay for Life.

“The first one was the hardest because it was all still fresh. The last one was easier, and this year easier because she's made it another year,” said Smith.

She is a four year cancer survivor, but was only one year cancer free when her daughter, a student at the university, was diagnosed as well.

“I was terrified because when she first got sick she had a knot in her neck, which was in her lymph node, and the first thing that came to mind was, oh no she's inherited my cancer,” said Smith.

Both of them are now cancer free and working along with many others at this year's Relay for Life.

Officials say college students often become victims of cancer.

“2,400 college-aged students are diagnosed with cancer each year, but only 1 in 9 participates in a relay for life event; so they're greatly impacted,” said Brooke Whitis with the American Cancer Society.

The Smith family says statistics like that are why they continue to participate.

“Every penny goes to research for all cancers and together, for all cancers the fight, for all cancers a cure can be found,” said Smith.

They hope their actions will help ensure her family and many others can take that survivors lap.

The university had 12 teams participating, ranging from the school of business to the wrestling team.

The event will continue until 6a.m. Saturday.


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