Topekans Lace Up To Embark On Relay For Life

Hundreds of people laced up their shoes and were ready to pull an all-nighter in the fight against cancer.

Cancer survivors, current fighters and supporters came out in droves for Topeka's annual "Relay for Life" at Hayden High School. Participants form teams to raise money for the cause, then walk thru the night in a 12-hour show of strength in the fight against cancer.

Stephanie Weiter of the American Cancer Society says the event includes several emotional moments, including a luminaria ceremony at dusk. More than 3,000 candles were due to be lit, each honoring either a current cancer patient or someone who has lost their fight against the disease.

In addition, the event is traditionally opened with a lap of the track just for cancer survivors. Weiter says it is inspiring to see a sea of purple shirts and the crowd cheering for the survivors.

13's Chris Fisher emceed the ceremonies.The relay continues through 7 am Saturday. Organizers hope to raise $145,000.

Posted by Melissa Brunner