HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Brysen Honeycutt, 11, is not a typical cancer survivor.
"So many people have been diagnosed with this and we need to make an end to cancer," said Honeycutt, who carried the banner and led his fellow survivors in the honorary first lap at Friday's Knott County Relay For Life.
Honeycutt beat cancer after being diagnosed when he was four months old.
"People get surprised when you tell them," he said. "Because I'm the second youngest one in this event in Knott County.
But not everyone at the Knott relay has been afflicted with cancer.
"Personally I've not had cancer," Relay participant Ethel Thornsberry said. "But I have 12 siblings. Five of those siblings have had cancer."
Thornsberry also has a 15-year-old granddaughter with brain cancer.
"That more than ever makes you want to do everything you can to eliminate cancer," Thornsberry said. "And I know I'm getting a little emotional. But when it comes to your granddaughter, you get that way."
Knott relay officials said their goal was to raise $40,000 for cancer research.