Relay for Life in Harlan County

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

People are walking in Relay for Life events across Kentucky on Friday night.

One of those was in Harlan at Huff Park, where about 200 people are gathering for a fun-filled night.

But they are also hoping to raise money that can one day lead to the end of cancer.

Ramona Couch says she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1999, and not given much of a chance to survive.

"I had a month, maybe three. He told me to put all my ducks in a row. I ain't got them in a row yet," said Couch.

Now she is walking in her tenth Relay for Life event, and says she is proud to stand with other survivors in Harlan County.

As supporters cheered on, she and other survivors were escorted by Harlan High School football players, a tradition Head Coach JB Donahue started two years ago.

"My mother's been through cancer four times in her life and survived. So it means a little something to me," said Donahue.

All night long, folks will be listening to music, grilling, and playing games. But they all are here for one reason, to raise money for cancer research.

Coach Donahue says his mother is still alive because of events like Relay for Life.

"It's been a big plus, for me and my family. It's been rewarding to see our mother go through it," said Donahue.

Folks will be walking for a cure until 7:00 am on Saturday.

Two more counties are holding their relay events Friday night. Those are in Pulaski and Martin Counties.

There will be another Harlan County Relay for Life event on Saturday for the Tri-city area. That starts in Cumberland at 5:00 pm.

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