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Cancer survivors honored at Relay for Life

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of people raised money at Friday’s Pike County Relay for Life.

Vendors, games, and food lined the track of Bob Amos Park in Pikeville for the Relay.

Among the hundreds of cancer survivors at the Pike County Relay for Life, stands Sherrie Marrs.

Marrs was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, but is celebrating another year of being cancer free.

“This year it… as they say it's another birthday, and every year I have a clear bill of health, I'm thankful for that,” said Marrs.

Officials say she is celebrating along with nearly 400 others in attendance who are raising money for a cure.

“In 2010 my father-in-law died from pancreatic cancer, and I just started asking around all my friends family and co-workers and here we are,” said Lisa Bentley, who is participating with her team from Model City Day Care.

Hundreds of survivors were honored at Friday's Relay. Some including Marrs shared a poem all survivors could relate to.

She says she finds encouragement and motivation from others.

“I relay for family members. I relay for friends, close friends that have had cancer, some that have even passed away, but I still relay,” said Marrs.

So that she and many others will soon have a cure.

Officials say their goal for fundraising is $150,000, and had already raised more than $100,000 of that before the event began.

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