Making strides overnight for cancer

By Matt Hicks
By Matt Porter

Hundreds walk for cancer awareness in the Relay For Life at Owego Free Academy.

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds show up for Owego's 'Relay for Life' to raise awareness about cancer.

The Tioga County Relay for Life kicked off Friday night to raise money for cancer research.

The overnight event is also a way to celebrate those who have survived cancer and as a way to remember loved ones who have lost their battles.

Eva Robinson walked with a team of her mother's friends and family. She lost her mother to Leukemia.

"My mom is one that loves everybody," Robinson said. "She is friends with everybody. She would take in a stray dog. She would take in anyone having a bad day, give them a hug."

Organizer Heather Burridge said the walk's 24-hour time table is a symbol.

"What we're trying to do is make sure that people are aware that cancer never dies, it doesn't stop," Burridge said. "They're fighting 24 hours a day so that's why we walk 24 hours.

The 'Relay For Life' is organized to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

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