DENISON, TX-Hundreds of people turned up at Denison high school to celebrate with cancer survivors and remember those who've lost their battles with the disease.
Over 1500 people walked the track all night in support of this this year's Grayson county Relay for Life. The event raised almost $80,000 with nine hours to go. One of the walkers shared her story of hope and survival.
Dozens of cancer survivors marched side-by-side carrying a banner announcing their victory over the disease. One of those survivors, Cherub Hartmann, lived cancer-free for almost 20 years after a battle with melanoma. The doctor only gave her five years to live, but Hartmann was determined to beat the odds.
"I told him I didn't have time for cancer. You know, I had one lady tell me at M.D. Anderson that I was to live life, not cancer," she said.
Survivors and caregivers released balloons as a symbol of their freedom from cancer and luminaries lined the track, each dedicated to a survivor as well as those who lost the fight.
Event organizer, Mary Linder said she was impressed by how many people attend Relay for Life every year.
"It's really inspiring to see this common thing that brings us all together and that we all have a common purpose, it's really unifying," she said.
"You expect this when you come, not just with the survivors, but the people that have lived cancer with their loved ones because they are in fact survivors
too," she said.
The next Grayson county Relay for Life will be May of next year.