Survivors lead the way at Relay for Life

Photo taken in 2014, shows Tippecanoe County's Relay for Life. (WLFI File Photo)
Photo taken in 2014, shows Tippecanoe County's Relay for Life. (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Cancer fighters are taking part in a 12-hour marathon to battle cancer beginning Friday night until Saturday morning.

Tippecanoe County’s annual Relay for Life began at the Jeff High School track at 7 p.m. and lasts until 7 a.m. More than 90 teams and 1,100 people signed up this year.

As always, the event starts with a lap of cancer survivors dressed in purple shirts. This year about 120 survivors took part.

One survivor is Kelly Bol, of Shadeland, who was diagnosed with lymphoma 12 years ago. She walks every year with her father-in-law, another cancer survivor, and in memory of her mother.

“It is just amazing to see the number of survivors. We’re all in the same shirt,” Bol said. “It’s a bigger victory lap than anything else could be.

Bol has been in an out of remission several times.

“Cancer is something that can be beat. We just need the funding to do it,” Bol said.

This year’s goal is $240,000, almost $17,000 more than last year’s fundraising total. So far, more than $187,000 had been raised with some matching gifts still to come.

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