Relay for Life Kicks-off in Jackson
7 Eyewitness News Staff
Hundreds of West Tennesseans are spending their Friday night walking, all in an effort to battle cancer.
The American Caner Society kicked-off the annual "Relay for Life" at Jackson Fairgrounds Park, Friday evening. The 24-hour walk raises money for cancer research.
Dozens of teams participated and they will not just be walking.
Activities have been set up all around the track and walkers will be entertained by live music.
Cancer survivors said events like this give them hope for the future.
"If you see somebody and you can be an inspiration to them, you know you pat them on the back and tell them, 'hey, I'm 10, 11-year survivor and you know we are going to make it," said Dana Morris, a breast cancer survivor.
Cancer survivors and those who lost their battle to the disease were honored during the luminaria ceremony. A name is on each of the hundreds of lights that surround the walking track.
The event continues until 6 a.m., Saturday.