ECU Relay For Life Underway

An event Friday night at ECU celebrated life and those who have beaten the potentially deadly disease of Cancer.

East Carolina University kicked off its second annual Relay For Life event Friday night. Over 74 teams are taking part in the twelve hour event.

The event kicked off with the survivor lap--a quarter mile to honor those who have beaten cancer and celebrate life.

The American Cancer Society says cancer will impact 1 out of 3 American lives. That reason alone is why student Rachael Gaffney says helping to put this event together is so close to her heart. "I lost my uncle my senior year in high school and he meant the world to me. He was like my best friend. I do this for him. I want to find a cure. The reason I took this committee role is because I want to do as much as I can to help raise money to find a cure for cancer."

Committee members say they expect over 5,000 people to participate in the twelve hour event. Last year they raised over $70,000.

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