Young cancer survivor shares story with peers

By Erika Mahoney

May 16, 2014 Updated May 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Seton Catholic Central students pulled an all-nighter Saturday -- not to cram for an end-of-year-final, but to do their part in the fight against cancer.

For the second consecutive year, the students spent the night in the gym for "Relay for Life."

Complete with sleeping bags, pillows and popcorn, the theme was "A Night at the Movies."

According to the American Cancer Society, it's rare for a seventh- through 12th-grade school to host such as event.

Possibly even more rare -- a three-time cancer survivor and Seton student played a big role.

"In 2006 I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, which is a rare form of bone and tissue cancer, and I actually relapsed twice," Macey King said.

King took center stage Friday night to share her story.

"There were times I was in so much pain, that I was on so much medicine that I can't even remember most of my childhood."

After an uphill battle, doctors declared King cancer free in 2012, and she's been in remission since.

Now, she's doing her part to help alongside fellow Saints.

Before the doors to the event even opened Friday, the school raised $10,000. That number is expected to increase. But possibly even more valuable -- the words from King.

"I've learned no matter what anyone tells you, you need to have hope and you have to keep fighting, no matter what the odds are."

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