Relay for Life Continues Fight Against Cancer

Published 06/08 2013 11:05PM

Updated 06/10 2013 10:24AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Strong winds blew over tents and luminaries at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph Saturday.

But, the weather was no match for the fight against cancer.

"Oh there's memories made each and every year," said Janet Herr, co-chair for Relay for Life. "It's an experience that you have to come and see for yourself and feel the energy and excitement."

Volunteer Phyllis Muff remembered her first year helping with the event.

"I had no idea what it was and that night I came out and we walked the track," said Muff. "It was the most memorable experience."

Muff joined to show support at a time when no one in her family had the disease. Then, her mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. Muff cared for her through her final days. She remembers the night they had to shave her head.

"We both balled together when we went through that experience," said Muff. "She asked her husband, 'Well what do you think?'. And he just looked at her and he had a big smile on his face. He said 'Ma, we look like twins now,' and that was just so encouraging to her."

The Muff family shared memories with others who have lost loved ones to cancer while they work together to fight for a cure.

"It allows everyone to come together and realize that they're not the only ones out there," said Herr. "Everybody here has some connection to the disease and I think that is a big help to just know you're not alone."

Attendees at this year's Relay for Life shared smiles and stories of success as well as memories close to the heart.

"Our motto is celebrate, remember and fight back and that's what we're here to do," said Herr.

Throughout the years many will have a chance to give support. Some will need support themselves. No matter where people may find themselves, they will not be there alone.

Money raised Saturday goes to the American Cancer Society where it is used to buy wigs, gas cards and other items for cancer patients. 

It also helps fund research to advance cancer treatment and work toward a cure.

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