PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – More than 400 people came out to support the Relay for Life in Pikeville on Friday night. Teams laced up their shoes to raise nearly $40,000 for a cure for cancer.
“We believe in a cure, and we’re fighting for a cure. And that is why all these teams are here,” Josh Johnson, Community Manager for Relay for Life, said.
Ever since the Childers’ three-year-old son, Layne, was diagnosed with cancer they have made Relay for Life a yearly event.
“When he was born, we found out he had cancer in the kidneys,” Deanna Childers, mother, said.
According to Childers, Layne has undergone several surgeries since his diagnosis.
“And he has been cancer free ever since. He did not have to have any treatment other than surgery,” Childers said.
Childers said Layne is now a cancer survivor, so they walk to support others.
“It just means so much to me,” Childers said.
More than 20 teams camped out, dressed up and raised money to show support. The teams walked until late Friday hoping more money would come in.
“Relay is something that touches close to my heart. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle,” Johnson said.
To find out more about Relay for Life and where the closest event is near you, visit: http://www.relay.acsevents.org/